Herbie Hancock Cantaloupe Island
Herbie Hancock Cantaloupe Island
Herbie Hancock Cantaloupe Island
Herbie Hancock Cantaloupe Island
Herbie Hancock Cantaloupe Island
Herbie Hancock Cantaloupe Island

Herbie Hancock Cantaloupe Island

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  • Cantaloupe Island 5.30
  • Watermelon Man 7.12
  • Driftin' 6.58
  • Blind Man, Blind Man 8.19
  • And What If I Don't 6.35
  • Maiden Voyage 7.56


A mini-retrospective of Herbie Hancock's early years as a jazz artist, this six-track CD touches on some of his best-known small-ensemble works from that period. Of his first five albums for Blue Note Records from 1963-1965, Takin' Off, My Point of View, Empyrean Isles, and Maiden Voyage are represented -- his third and perhaps most individually realised LP, Inventions & Dimensions, is not. You get hits "Canteloupe Island," "Watermelon Man," "Maiden Voyage," and three lesser titles, which remove it from "best-of" status. His sixth and seventh full-length Blue Note recordings, The Prisoner and Speak Like a Child, are also omitted. This is a decent, edited, and concise, but far from comprehensive view of Hancock's salad days, which some purport might still be his best. ~ Michael G. Nastos