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Takin' Off is the debut album by jazz pianist Herbie Hancock that was released in 1962 by Blue Note Records. The recording session included Freddie Hubbard on trumpet and Dexter Gordon on tenor saxophone. The album was a hard bop LP, with its characteristic two horns and a rhythm section. The bluesy single "Watermelon Man" made it to the Top 100 of the pop charts, and went on to become a jazz standard.

Herbie Hancock - Takin' Off (1962). Songs in album Herbie Hancock - Takin' Off (1962).

Takin' Off is a music studio album recording by HERBIE HANCOCK (Jazz ive Rock) released in 1962 on cd, lp, vinyl and/or cassette. Takin' Off Blue Note 2019.

Complete your Herbie Hancock collection. Takin' Off ‎(LP, Album, Mono). Vendi questa versione. Takin' Off ‎(LP, Album).

Nom du groupe Herbie Hancock. Nom de l'album Takin' Off. Type Album. Date de parution 1962. Labels Blue Note EMI Records. Style MusicalJazz Rock. Membres possèdant cet album0. 1. Watermelon Man. 2. Three Bags Full.

Takin’ Off. By: Herbie Hancock (1962, Jazz). More albums from Herbie Hancock: The Imagine Project by Herbie Hancock. Possibilities by Herbie Hancock. The Prisoner by Herbie Hancock. Speak Like A Child by Herbie Hancock. Head Hunters by Herbie Hancock. Blow-Up (The Original Sound Track Album) by Herbie Hancock. Fat Albert Rotunda by Herbie Hancock. View all albums . Takin’ Off.

This historic session from '62 was Hancock's first album as a leader. With guest artist Dexter Gordon (with whom Herbie would again team 24 years later on the film 'Round Midnight), trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, bassist Butch Warren and drummer Billy Higgins, Hancock proved that he could blend artistry and appeal without diminishing either. On this re-release, 3 previously unissued alternate takes have been added. Exclusively for Prime members. Sample this album Artist (Sample).

This album has an average beat per minute of 120 BPM (slowest/fastest tempos: 82/176 BPM). See its BPM profile at the bottom of the page. BPM Profile Takin' Off. Album starts at 130BPM, ends at 132BPM (+2), with tempos within the -BPM range. Try refreshing the page if dots are missing). Recent albums by Herbie Hancock.


A1 Watermelon Man
A2 Three Bags Full
A3 Empty Pockets
B1 The Maze
B2 Driftin'
B3 Alone And I

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  • Recorded At – Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
  • Mastered At – Cohearent Audio
  • Pressed By – Optimal Media GmbH
  • Manufactured By – Universal International Music B.V.


  • Bass – Butch Warren
  • Design [Cover], Photography By [Cover Photo] – Reid Miles
  • Drums – Billy Higgins
  • Lacquer Cut By – Kevin Gray
  • Liner Notes – Leonard Feather
  • Piano, Written-By – Herbie Hancock
  • Producer – Alfred Lion
  • Recorded By [Recording By] – Rudy Van Gelder
  • Tenor Saxophone – Dexter Gordon
  • Trumpet – Freddie Hubbard


Recorded on May 28, 1962.

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  • Barcode: 6 02577 42399 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A ): BƎ 62136-01 A1 00602577423994 7742399.A [email protected] 17
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B ): BƎ 62136-01 B1 00602577423994 7742399.B [email protected] 16

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
BLP 4109 Herbie Hancock Takin' Off ‎(LP, Album, Mono) Blue Note BLP 4109 US 1962
TOCJ-6436 Herbie Hancock Takin' Off ‎(CD, Album) Blue Note TOCJ-6436 Japan 2004
BST 84109 Herbie Hancock Takin' Off ‎(LP, Album, RE) Blue Note BST 84109 US 1975
37053 Herbie Hancock Takin'Off ‎(LP, Album, Dlx, Ltd, RE, 180) Jazz Images 37053 Europe 2017
DOL882H Herbie Hancock Takin' Off ‎(LP, Album, RE, 180) DOL DOL882H Europe 2015

Yep, sounds superb especially for the price. Pressing is dead quiet and the mastering is wonderful. Packaging is a little flimsy but the music makes up for that.
The Kevin Gray mastered 80th anniversary edition is excellent. Mine is a solid, silent pressing and the mastering gives a nod to the Van Gelder sound of the originals without the roll-off. Punchy, exciting and rhythmically spot-on. If I didn't have an original of Dexter Gordon's Doing Alright I'd buy that as well.So pleased that the people who now run Blue Note have finally seen the light. The Tone Poet series are also superb but at £20 these are a well worth picking up as well - if the sound of this is anything to go by.
I had two copies, and the second one is better. First one had a couple visible defects causing a repetitive crackle on B3. However, the second copy is clean (ticks and pops here and there though) and is a keeper. It sounds great, and I have no problem with the jacket -- the text is nice and clear. Great album too. Even in his earliest days, Herbie was playing unconventional chords and was way ahead of his contemporaries (Freddie's occasionally juvenile solos notwithstanding).Interestingly, Leonard Feather uses the words "maiden voyage" in the liner notes. The static between the inner sleeve and the record is fierce!!
For who has bought this reissue...it is better than the DOL reissue?Thanks in advance
DOL, Wax Time, Green Corner, Jazz Images and most of the labels that release lots of classic jazz albums for $10-20 will be CD sourced and sound horribly. This is sourced from the original tapes, plated at one of the best pressing plants in the world, pressed at a decent plant and mastered on an all analogue system by one of the best mastering engineers in the world at one of the best mastering studios in the world. For the price, this simply cannot be beat.
Gughi For who has bought this reissue...it is better than the DOL reissue?Thanks in advance Its from tape by KPG, its 100 times better than CD sourced DOL trash.
They have done a tremendous job with this reissue. Mastered from the original tapes. Kevin Gray cut. They went for a lower price point by skimming on the cover and sleeve and pressing at Optimal but I would not hesitate at all to recommend these. Way better than the 75th anniversary series so far.
Yes. Much better. There's really no comparison. Definitely get this.