Herbie Hancock: Inventions & Dimensions (2005)
The four original compositions by Hancock are far from catchy, more like sketches than his most famous pieces. Yet from these patchy and meandering tunes Hancock works up a completely mesmerizing series of colors and textures and riffs, with mutated montunos dominant in the mix. The two percussionists, Osvaldo Martinez and Willie Bobo, are steady, yet seem to be more along for the ride with Hancock than inspiration for the pianist. The same might be said for bassist Paul Chambers. They all take tasteful solos, but the star of the session is completely Hancock.
Not only is this album a thoughtful entertainment for anyone focused on the best Blue Note releases of the '60s, I hope it will be carefully studied by young musicians desiring to mine Latin jazz with seriousness and a bold spirit.
Note: this remastered reissue includes an alternate take of "Mimosa" not featured on the original release.
Track Listing: Succotash; Triangle; Jack Rabbit; Mimosa; A Jump Ahead; Mimosa (alt. take).
Personnel: Herbie Hancock: piano, Paul Chambers: bass, Willie Bobo: drums; Osvaldo "Chihuahua" Martinez: percussion.
Record Label: Blue Note Records