Cantaloupe Island -1985

Herbie Hancock

“Hancock, Hubbard and Henderson on a classic version of the jazz standard”

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When pianist Herbie Hancock originally recorded “Cantaloupe Island” in 1964, he utilized a quartet with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard (who actually played cornet on the first version), bassist Ron Carter and drummer Tony Williams.

The same group, with tenor-saxophonist Joe Henderson added, performed “Cantaloupe Island” at the famed 1985 Blue Note reunion concert.

Decades later, it is a bit of a thrill to see Freddie Hubbard and Joe Henderson in top form, stretching out with the classic rhythm section.


Herbie Hancock, piano
Freddie Hubbard, trumpet
Joe Henderson, tenor
Ron Carter, bass
Tony Williams, drums

-Scott Yanow


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