Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Herbie Hancock - 'Man With a Suitcase' - comp. 20






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Hello. Yes, it's been 18 months, so I thought I'd get an entry in for what's left of 2015. 

I was listening to the blistering Herbie Hancock rhodes solo in Joe Farrell's fantastic cover of Stevie Wonder's "Too High", and decided to compile some of my favourite Hancock electric piano tracks from other people's albums - so here's a selection from 1968-1978. The compilation title refers to the portable "suitcase" Fender Rhodes. 

Of course, there are endless Miles Davis tracks from this period with Hancock on rhodes, and I didn't want to get bogged down there, but I've included 1968's "Stuff" because you can hear Hancock in transition, using the Rhodes in a raw state, referencing his acoustic piano style while he learns the new instrument. This continues throughout the turn of the decade through tracks like Joe Henderson's "Black Narcissus"; Freddie Hubbard's "Red Clay" and Miroslav Vitouš' "Infinite Search".

Within the few few years of the 70s, Hancock''s already developed his clustered chord structures and adjusted the amplification for a punchier, rhythmic style on tracks like Joe Farrell's "Too High" and Milt Jackson's "People Make the world Go Round". He's also exploring the in-built chorus, tremelo, delay and panning effects, and incorporating them in his writing and playing style on tracks like Eddie Henderson's "Scorpio-Libra"and Norman Connors' "Blue"and "Revelation".

The latest track here is Quincy Jones' beautifully-orchestrated 1978 version of Hancock's "Tell Me a Bedtime Story". Jones has scored Hancock's rhodes solo from the 1969 original version for strings, then brought Hancock in to create new textures around that arrangement. 

TRACKLIST

01 Miles Davis - Stuff (1968)
02 Joe Henderson - Black Narcissus (1969)
03 Miroslav Vitouš - Infinite Search (1970)
04 Freddie Hubbard - Red Clay (1970)
05 Norman Connors - Blue (1972)
06 Milt Jackson - People Make The World Go Round (1973)
07 Norman Connors - Revelation (1974)
08 Freddie Hubbard & Stanley Turrentine ‎– Hornets (1974)
09 Eddie Henderson - Scorpio-Libra (1973)
10 Harvey Mason - Hop Scotch (1975)
11 Joe Farrell - Too High (1974)
12 Norman Connors - Carlos II (1974)
13 Quincy Jones - Tell Me A Bedtime Story (1978)
14 Eddie Henderson - Ecstasy  (1978)
15 Miroslav Vitouš - Epilogue (1970)

It seems that Divshare has died, so all of the previews on previous posts are gone, grrrrr .... I'd appreciate any advice about other players I can use - even during the writing of this post, Soundcloud has deleted a few of my preview excerpts because they sensed what they were. I've re-upped all previews on the blog three times now, and I realise that nothing ever lasts. 

For those of you who are new, there are more rhodes compilations here,  there's a large selection of live Herbie Hancock 1970s bootlegs here, or just browse through the blog for other stuff - it's all active ... for now .... 

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this 20th rhodes compilation - grab it from the links at the top of the post, and please say hi in the comments below, so I know that I'm not just talking to myself.

85 comments:

KimH said...

Super awesome!!!! Thanks so much- this in my best Christmas present (no, really) !!!

nottheguru1 said...

thx v.much 666... :p
BeatNick

lubitsch said...

thank you, this is very much appreciated!
love your comps, really great stuff. merry christmas

KimH said...

I think the reason there aren't more comments at this point is that most people didn't think to RSS-subscribe to the comments for Rhodes #3 as I did. So most people don't know about it yet. But they will over time. This is the gift that keeps on giving. ;) Thanks again…

generic etcetera said...

Much appreciated
Merry Christmas
Happy New Year

Bobby Louis said...

thank you Simon for this great christmas gift as I'm a great Herbie Hancock fan!!
@KimH,you are right,I haven't checked blogs for at least a year,and I luckily found never enough rhodes blogwatch,and I check it daily:)

Anonymous said...

Great blog! Keep up the good work.

donnie said...

Props. The Herbie joints have always been killer.

Andy said...

Beautiful. I'm enjoying hugely. Thanks and Happy Christmas.

1luvyomomma Dub said...

Hey man thanks so much for all of this amazing music! Just want to say it's much appreciated! Really feeling the love! Hope you have a wonderful holidays!!

Best,

Chris

soulboy said...

Thank you very much for the latest post. Always appreciated. Everything you post is always spot on. Happy christmas.

William O Douglas said...

Great to see you back. Solid comp - much better than X-Mas music. Thank you.

HSB said...

Thank you for this blog! It's a great inspiration! Happy X-Mas!

Anonymous said...

Hi,

now I"m sure, Santa exists !!!

Merry Christmas

Dominique

Anonymous said...

Thanks a million for this. Sean

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU FROM ITALY.

mleake said...

Thankz Brother Simon. Happy Holidays....

Henri Tournyol du Clos said...

Many thanks, this is really delightful.

taro nombei said...

Beautiful post Simon!
Great to hear these old favourites in new juxtapositions.
Holiday greetings and all the best!!

Simon666 said...

Thanks TN and everyone for the comments, good to see you're enjoying this one :)

A walk in the woods said...

Holy sh*t, Simon is back on the airwaves!! (So to speak) This is a Christmas present indeed... DLing now and can't wait to hear the mix you've curated. Thanks man!

Anonymous said...

Really great to hear from you again - best wishes - good health and lots of love for you and your loved ones grtz from Chris (Belgium)

Ras Yeti said...

Nice! I've discovered a lot of new & excellent music thanks to your blog.
Thanks large!

Anonymous said...

A huge thank you again for your excellent work!
Tasty, accurate, inspiring...

Anonymous said...

Great to see you're still alive and well. As always, an awesome compilation. Love how you refer to it as a "portable" suitcase. That sucka was heavy! Keep on keepin' on, best wishes for a great 2016, and keep the Rhodes work coming!

Massa1 said...

Brilliant selection again, great to see you are still on it! Hope you can come again in 2016, best wishes for the new year

Anonymous said...

Wonderful site! Grabbing your comp #20 now (even tho I think I have all the songs already!) and looking forward to the Herbie Hancock boots you have listed. Thanks from a new user!

-Bri

Kris said...

I haven't been here long time. Thank you so much!

Timothy Dunn said...

You aren't talking to your self, haha. Great work hope to see you continue to keep this site alive - thanks!!

Earl said...

This Herbie Hancock comp looks crazy good... thanks for what you do, Simon! Really enjoying perusing your blog.

steve said...

This is a remarkable compilation. I am sure I have heard all of these but to have them together is quite delightful! Thanks so much for this effort!!!

Ben said...

Great to see the blog is still live.. looking forward to checking this out. Thanks!

Ben Costello said...

Wicked, thanks for this.

Danny said...

Welcome back, and thank you for such a thoughtfully curated and sequenced comp. You are the man.

joost said...

super, thank you so much

TEO said...

Thanks very very very much!!!!
I love this blog and I love Fender Rhodes!!!
Long live to Never Enough Rohdes!!!

Garu said...

Thanks for this post. I have about half of the records on this comp already, but I really want to hear the other half. I also enjoyed looking through some of the historical posts and sampling some Herbie boots. cheers.

Anonymous said...

heyyyyyyy love your stuff, i'm pleasantly surprised to see if you're still active! keep up the good work

Simon666 said...

Great to see so many of you here, thanks for the comments folks :)

Jacques said...

Great to see you back. I just tried to reproduce the playlist in Spotify and it's all there except the two Eddie Henderson tracks.
Thanks for the great selection!

LYSERGICFUNK said...

Cool ! Many Thanks Sir

Tiago Frúgoli said...

can't thank you enough for these compilations!

please keep it up, even if it's once every couple of years =)

tim said...

Yessssss! Another killer compilation. Thank you!

Shakin' David said...

This is awesome, thanks a lot!
I have discovered your blog recently and I'm really loving it, not just for the downloads but also for the wealth of great information. Please don't wait another 18 months for the next post.
Best regards from Spain,
Shakin' David.

Flabbergast said...

What the.. Boy am I ever late to the party. I'm chagrined that I missed this but you know I'm on board for this, the tracklist is great. And I definitely need to get more of those boots.

I also have not found an alternative for Divshare just for streaming tracks. YouTube seems to have nearly everything now so I use that a lot, but I liked having that discrete little music player applet embedded in a post.

Bink Figgins said...

YO!!! My dear friend in Jazz. I've been a fan of your work since probably 2010 when I first found your blog. Countless life changing items. I wanted to reach out - I host a jazz radio show here in Houston. I was looking for a copy of Harold Vick's Steppin' Out! (Blue Note) but it directs to Ile Oxumare - another amazing blog that I've been locked out of for a long time, which has been a heartbreaker. Any idea how I get invited to that blog? I'm on Instagram at "mingus.sushi" and email is sbarb84@gmail.com. Thanks for all your great work man!! Much appreciated. Big fan forever. I posted about you and your brethren on IG a while back (found a Frank Strazzeri you posted about a long time ago, recently). If you need anything that I may have that you don't, which is a long shot, just let me know. PEACE!!!!

Simon666 said...

Hi Flabbergast, good to see you :) Hi Bink - I'm sorry, I don't have a copy of that, and I know that Ile Oxumare is not active, he's just kept the blog there in case he wanted to start it up again sometime in the future. Anyway I dug around and there seems to be one here : http://uploaded.net/file/lyziaj6k

Anonymous said...

So good to see you back posting - and this is just a fabulous compilation.

chris_c said...

awesome - glad to see life here! this looks superb. thanks.

doc nachtstrom said...

hi there! i just wanted to say a big thank you because i found heaven with your compilations :-) i am a huge fan of the fender rhodes sound, my favourite release of all times is "realization" by eddie henderson with the mighty herbie on the rhodes , backed up by the also great dr. gleeson on synthies. but surely you know this one :-) thanx again and best wishes from graz, austria! walter

paco's brother said...

Bonjour,
On the rhodes again !
Avec plaisir

antonlampe said...

dear sir
your work is awesome! the amount of effort and dedication you put in th is blog is just phenomenal and deserves agnolegdement!
thank you very much,
this is priceless.

Anonymous said...

Great compilation Simon,always good music!
Thanks a lot :)
Enjoy life
Peace
Soul Gentleman

Anonymous said...

I don't know if you are talking to yourself or not, but I heard you, and thanks! - Bill Hayes

Fabienne van Boekel said...

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Thank you!

Chris Noto said...

Fabulous mixtape! Much love and many thanks.

Simon666 said...

Thanks for all the comments folks :)

Anonymous said...

Super Sweet! Thanks from Seattle. Came from Aquariam Drunkard

Fabienne van Boekel said...

The more I listen to this, the more I love it.

Anonymous said...

good to se that you're still alive simon. the eddie henderson is my favorite. peace and much love to you

Anonymous said...

Compilation's kickin

Dam Dam said...

so cool....thanks

Anonymous said...

Thanks Simon... looking forward to this - I'm sure it'll be up to your usual (very) high standards.

Niles said...

Thank You for so much music! Motivates me to spend my money at Diskogs :)
Greetings from Germany

Anonymous said...

so so so so so so good

thanks for maintaining the links and the info and the generous good cheer.

jazzobsessive said...

So pleased to discover you are still compiling brilliant rhodes music Simon.

This is another stellar selection.

Thank you Thank you Thank you.

PePo said...

Great compilation! And in wav format. Thank you from Istanbul!

Anonymous said...

Never enough neverenoughrhodes. The joke is stupid and certainly very very old but it's absolutely true. Thanks for this gold mine!

Pascal said...

thanks for the herbie... be listining.

Anonymous said...

Very nice collection! I've only heard a few of these tracks before so most of it was new to me. Great stuff all around. Thanks for posting.

Justin S. said...

Just a note to let you know that this is the bomb. I've been listening to it pretty steady for the last two months, and i've taken trips down all the different passages, too. Deep thanks.

Simon666 said...

thanks for the nice comments folks, glad you're getting into it.

Monty said...

Good one...thanks!

Anonymous said...

Your work is highly appreciated, thanks a lot!

BobbyBod said...

if you want to use a site for uploading try...mixcloud.com

J.Nvrmind said...

Your work is still alive and appreciated. Can't wait to dive deep into this.

David Walter Hall said...

Thanks for this. A nice perspective on a varied collecction. I put it together as a Spotify playlist (minus two unavailable tracks) which anybody can listen to here:

https://open.spotify.com/user/davidwalterhall/playlist/6u1dK8TG97gpwmvASJc9np

El Canario said...

Muchas gracias, publicasa cosas muy buenas: Me fascina el sonido del Rhodes. Un abrazo desde las islas Canarias

Simon666 said...

Gracias El Canario, estoy feliz de que usted está disfrutando de la música :) Thanks also to J.Nvrmind and David for your comments.

SM said...

Great, just great! Great selections, speechless, luv it!
Find it back on my mix page https://www.mixcloud.com/ODEZZA/
Waiting for new ;) !!!

Anonymous said...

Many thanks! Keep it up Simon!

Bernd said...

It really is a great compilation. I already knew some the tunes but also many have been new to me. thank you very much!

Simon666 said...

Thanks Bernd & others, glad you're enjoying it.

PePo said...

Thanks for the great selection!
Waiting for Compilation #21...