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Herbie Hancock - My Point of View (1963)

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After his promising debut Takin' Off, Herbie came out with this remarkably assured album with an eclectic line-up of trumpeter Donald Byrd, too little heard Grachan Moncur III on trombone, Hank Mobley on tenor sax, guitarist Grant Green, bassist Chuck Israels, and a swingin' Tony Williams occupying the drum seat with his customary aplomb. Some very fine jazz is to be heard here, the mixed bag of musicians playing like they've been together for a while. Williams effortlessly drives the whole thing along, and Herbie's solos are models of concision. Hancock was still a very young man, but genius couldn't help breaking through, and there are lyrical pointers to his more ethereal, impressionistic later work on some of these tracks.