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Shortly after this now classic album was released, its title song was used in a Yardley perfume commercial; it's been one of jazz's most recognizable themes ever since. But every tune recorded on this single March day in 1965 -- the others are "Dolphin Dance" (now a standard), "The Eye of the Hurricane," "Survival of the Fittest," and "Little One" -- had an enormous impact on an entire generation of jazz musicians (and, years later, an entire generation of sample-happy hip-hoppers). With his fellow Miles Davis rhythm mates, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Tony Williams, recently departed Davis tenorman George Coleman, and the fiery young trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, Hancock sharpened his modal writing -- these have been called jazz tone poems -- and opened large vistas of space for the hot-to-trot soloists. Who had more influence on whom -- Miles on his young mid-'60s band or the band on the middle-aged trumpeter? -- doesn't matter, there was enough modal brilliance to go around.
|Label:||Blue Note Records|