Empyrean Isles (180 Gram. Limited Edition)
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On "Empyrean Isles", Hancock returns to hard bop, but the results are anything but conventional. Working with cornetist Freddie Hubbard, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Tony Williams -- a trio just as young and adventurous as he was -- Hancock pushes at the borders of hard bop, finding a brilliantly evocative balance between traditional bop, soul-injected grooves, and experimental, post-modal jazz.
Recorded at Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, June 17, 1964.