Herbie Hancock V.S.O.P. Live Under The Sky (2-CD)

V.S.O.P. Live Under The Sky (2-CD)
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Format: CD  (2 Discs)
Item:  SNY 87165
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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released: September 21, 2004
  • Originally Released: 2004
  • Label: Sony

Entertainment Reviews:

Mojo (Publisher) - p.124
4 stars out of 5 - "The music was a fierce post-bop/free-bop explosion with particularly incendiary interplay between Hubbard and drummer Tony Williams."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Opening
  • 2.Eye Of The Hurricane
  • 3.Tear Drop
  • 4.Domo
  • 5.Para Oriente
  • 6.Pee Wee
  • 7.One Of Another Kind
  • 8.Fragile

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Opening
  • 2.Eye Of The Hurricane
  • 3.Tear Drop
  • 4.Domo
  • 5.Para Oriente
  • 6.Pee Wee
  • 7.One Of Another Kind
  • 8.Fragile
  • 9.Stella By Starlight
  • 10.On Green Dolphin Street

Product Description:

Personnel: Herbie Hancock (piano); Herbie Hancock; Ron Carter (double bass); Tony Ruption Williams , Tony Williams (drums); Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone); Freddie Hubbard (trumpet).
Liner Note Authors: Herbie Hancock; Bob Belden.
Recording information: Denon Colosseum, Tokyo, Japan (07/26/1979-07/27/1979).
Photographers: Max Hellweg; Veryl Oakland; Herbert Greene; Jan Persson; Jon Sievert.
If you're looking for some potent jazz, look no further. Pianist Herbie Hancock's V.S.O.P. - LIVE UNDER THE SKY is about as heavy as it gets. This release features the legendary mid-1960s Miles Davis lineup, minus Davis, of course. In the great trumpeter's stead, however, is the fiery Freddie Hubbard.
Recorded live in Japan during the summer of 1979, this double album features Hancock and his group combining the funky groove of hard-bop with the seeming lawlessness of '70s fusion. No one player outshines another on this record, though many of the sparks that ignite the music come from drummer Tony Williams, who swings elegantly, but fills the gaps in between phrases with thunderous tom-tom rolls and piercing cymbal smashes, his playing spurring each soloist on to higher vistas. Even though most of this material is hard-hitting, there is some sensitivity on LIVE UNDER THE SKY, too. For example, bassist Ron Carter's tune "Tear Drop" is dark and subtle. On this selection, Carter's bass solo is abstract yet easy to follow. Towards the end of the chorus, the drums fade out, leaving room for Carter and Hancock to create an intimate musical dialogue. (Note: The entire second disc of the 2004 reissue consists of previously unreleased performances.)

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  • Sales Rank: 103,110
  • UPC: 696998716520
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