Inventions & Dimensions

Inventions & Dimensions

by Herbie Hancock
     
 

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For his third album, Inventions and Dimensions, Herbie Hancock changed course dramatically. Instead of recording another multifaceted album like My Point of View, he explored a Latin-inflected variation of post-bop with a small quartet. Hancock is the main harmonic focus of the music -- his three colleagues are bassistSee more details below

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For his third album, Inventions and Dimensions, Herbie Hancock changed course dramatically. Instead of recording another multifaceted album like My Point of View, he explored a Latin-inflected variation of post-bop with a small quartet. Hancock is the main harmonic focus of the music -- his three colleagues are bassist Paul Chambers, drummer Willie Bobo, and percussionist Osvaldo "Chihuahua" Martinez, who plays conga and bongo. It is true that the music is rhythm-intensive, but that doesn't mean it's dance music. Hancock has created an improvisational atmosphere where the rhythms are fluid and the chords, harmonies, and melodies are unexpected. On every song but one, the melodies and chords were improvised, with Hancock's harmonic ideas arising from the rhythms during the recording. The result is risky, unpredictable music that is intensely cerebral and quite satisfying. Inventions and Dimensions displays his willingness to experiment and illustrates that his playing is reaching new, idiosyncratic heights. Listening to this, the subsequent developments of Miles Davis' invitation to join his quartet and the challenging Empyrean Isles come as no surprise.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/19/2005
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0724356379824
catalogNumber:
63798
Rank:
24007

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Herbie Hancock   Primary Artist,Piano
Willie Bobo   Drums,Timbales
Osvaldo "Chihuahua" Martinez   Bongos,Conga,Guiro,finger cymbals
Osvaldo Martinez   Bongos,Conga,Guiro,finger cymbals

Technical Credits

Herbie Hancock   Composer
Micaela Boland   Art Direction
Michael Cuscuna   Reissue Producer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer,Remastering
Nat Hentoff   Liner Notes,Original Liner Notes
Alfred Lion   Producer,Audio Production
Francis Wolff   Cover Photo
Bob Blumenthal   Liner Notes
Reid Miles   Cover Design

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