Saturday, July 20, 2013

Essential Tracks: "The Prisoner" - Album: "The Prisoner" Herbie Hancock, 1969

Essential tracks highlights tracks that arguably should be found somewhere in any serious jazz collector's library.

Fresh out of Miles Davis legendary quintet, The Prisoner was Hancock's final Blue Note release. The title track of this release was overshadowed by the classic "I Have A Dream", but is a standout in it's own right. Personnel on this album included future legends Joe Henderson on tenor, Buster Williams on bass, and Albert "Tootie" Heath on drums, in a fluid nonet format. "The Prisoner" is a perfect example of the many recordings of the time that were contemplative and reflective in nature.

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