Sunday, January 18, 2009

Herbie Hancock live at the Boarding House (1974, bootleg)

'Maiden Voyage' excerpt

'Actual Proof' excerpt

What better way to start Sunday than with thirty minutes of "new" Herbie Hancock from 1974 ?

Miles from Birds With Broken Wings was recently digging through some old boxes from the 1970s, a time when he worked as an announcer at a jazz radio station, and came across a tape of this broadcast performance, which he has kindly donated to this blog.

I've checked through the main Hancock bootleg database at db.etree and there doesn't seem to be any matching entry, so I think we've got a first here, which we'll of course also add into the ever-growing Herbie Hancock bootlegs post ...

Two long tracks here. The first is an extraordinary solo piano improvisation, which over the course of fifteen minutes dips in and out of "Maiden Voyage" several times.

In the second edit here, the band joins "Maiden Voyage" before soon segueing into an acoustic version of "Actual Proof", which Hancock recorded the same year on the album "Thrust".

Bennie Maupin
features strongly on flute, and I'm unaware if there are any other recordings of this track featuring Hancock on acoustic piano. Anyway, it's great stuff.

While there's no certain information on the other players, the Headhunters' lineup stayed pretty solid throughout 1974, so I think we can reasonably assume the the lineup is as below ... though there's touches of Pastorius in the basslines, but is this too early? hmmm ...

Quality note : My recording and production background has led me to be a bit of a quality fascist when it comes to bootlegs, and even though this has been through a cassette stage, it's all properly miked and mixed to the point where you're not missing any of the nuances of this great group of musicians. There's a bit of tape flutter in the last five minutes of "Actual Proof", but it's not too bad.

Enjoy this one! A big thanks to Miles, and you can check out more of his stuff at Birds With Broken Wings.


01. Improvisation / Maiden Voyage (14:57)
02. Maiden Voyage / Actual Proof (15:43)


Herbie Hancock - piano
Bennie Maupin - flute
Paul Jackson - electric bass
Mike Clark - drums


Recorded at The Boarding House, San Francisco, 1974


Herbie Hancock discography by Christian Genzel
Herbie Hancock discography
with downloads @ BlaxJive
Herbie Hancock bootlegs - the big post


Digitisation by Miles.
Post links to Birds With Broken Wings, Call It Anything and Blaxploitation Jive


Jazzjet said...

Thanks for this addition to the Herbie bootleg catalogue. Just going to Mile's site to thank him as well.

ish said...

Thanks Simon. It's interesting to hear this acoustic chapter when he was mostly doing the electric thing. I never get tired of hearing Maiden Voyage...I wonder what it's like to spend your entire career playing the same song.

Which reminds me of a line from a Joni Mitchell concert on some record where she wonders at how people react differently to visual and musical artists, and asks the audience--who's busy calling out requests--how come nobody asked Vincent Van Gogh to paint "Starry Starry Night" again.

JTF said...

thanks to you!

GII said...


cheeba said...

Wow! "Actual Proof" sounds incredible here! I'd have to say it does sound like Clark on drums but not so sure whether it's Jackson on bass or not - although I have seen his playing on Thrust compared to Jaco so I think you're probably right and it's all Headhunters here.

Thanks too for hepping me to Miles' blog, it's a gem!

Neilantman said...


el goog said...

Thank you Miles again, thank you Simon.
There should be each, and there is it.

corvimax said...

thanks Simon, acoustic session from Herbie Hancock is allways welcome

Art Simon said...

Very Cool! Thanks!

Yotte said...

Thanks for posting this! I'm loving this blog and "birds w/" too. iDon't know how you guys do what you do, but iSure appreciate it!

Dub said...

That sounds excellent! Thanks for sharing (since I couldn't be there live).

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renrew said...

Thanks for your great Hancock collection. Here are some addresses you might be interested:
Herbie Hancock 5tet Tokio 1983
Herbie Hancock 5tet Directions in Music : Barbican, London 9.7.2002
Herbie Hancock Sextet : Barbican, London 19.11.2008
Herby Hancock, Chick Corea - duo piano

peskypesky said...

love this!

thank you!

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Anonymous said...

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Fernando said...

Man, that's awesome! Your blog is fantastic. Thanks a lot.

Simon666 said...

Hi folks, I've posted the 1974 PBS Soundstage show with Herbie Hancock, Headhunters, Chick Corea and Return to Forever. You can download the one hour video or just get an audio version, here :

Keats said...

I think Herbie was on the same bill as Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders for this show.

SlimStew said...

Thanks Miles and Simon.

Anonymous said...

I was there that night. No one else on the bill. Not a jazz person, he was not who was billed for that night. Who was billed i don't remember. A large platter of fried shrimp and two bottles of apple jack and great music.

Wade Cottingham said...

Thank you Simon for more HH!