Herbie Hancock - The Prisoner
Herbie Hancock - The Prisoner
Herbie Hancock - The Prisoner
Herbie Hancock - The Prisoner

Herbie Hancock - The Prisoner

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Herbie Hancock – acoustic piano, electric piano [click here to see more vinyl featuring Herbie Hancock]

Johnny Coles – flugelhorn

Garnett Brown – trombone

Joe Henderson – tenor saxophone, alto flute

Buster Williams – bass

Albert 'Tootie' Heath – drums [click here to see more vinyl featuring Albert Tootie Heath]

Tony Studd – bass trombone (A1-2, B2)

Jack Jeffers – bass trombone (B1-3)

Hubert Laws – flute (A1-2, B2)

Jerome Richardson – bass clarinet (A1-2, B1), flute (B1, B3)

Romeo Penque – bass clarinet (B1, B3)


1 LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12”



Record Press :  RTI

Label :  Blue Note Tone Poet

Original Label :  Blue Note

Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on April 18, 21 & 23, 1969

Engineered by Rudy Van Gelder

Produced by Joe Harley

Remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

Originally released in 1969

Reissued in 2020

Tracks :

Side A

  1. I Have A Dream
  2. The Prisoner


Side B

  1. Firewater
  2. He Who Lives In Fear
  3. Promise Of The Sun


Reviews :

“As one of the first albums Herbie Hancock recorded after departing Miles Davis' quintet in 1968, as well as his final album for Blue Note, The Prisoner is one of Hancock's most ambitious efforts. Assembling a nonet that features Joe Henderson (tenor sax, alto flute), Johnny Coles (flugelhorn), Garnett Brown (trombone), Buster Williams (bass), and Albert "Tootie" Heath (drums), he has created his grandest work since My Point of View. Unlike that effort, The Prisoner has a specific concept -- it's a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, evoking his spirit and dreams through spacious, exploratory post-bop. Often, the music doesn't follow conventional patterns, but that doesn't mean that it's alienating or inaccessible. It is certainly challenging, but Hancock's compositions (and his arrangement of Charles Williams' "Firewater") have enough melody and space to allow listeners into the album. Throughout the record, Hancock, Coles, and Henderson exchange provocative, unpredictable solos that build upon the stark melodies and sober mood of the music. The tone is not of sorrow or celebration, but of reflection and contemplation, and on that level, The Prisoner succeeds handsomely, even if the music meanders a little too often to be judged a complete success.” AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine



AllMusic 3/5 , Discogs 4.4 / 5

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