Takin’ Off is the debut album by jazz pianist Herbie Hancock that was released in 1962 by Blue Note Records. The recording session included Freddie Hubbard on trumpet and Dexter Gordon on tenor saxophone. The album was a hard bop LP, with its characteristic two horns and a rhythm section.The bluesy single “Watermelon Man” made it to the Top 100 of the pop charts, and went on to become a jazz standard. The album has been called “one of the most accomplished and stunning debuts in the annals of jazz.”It was released on CD in 1996 with three alternate takes and then remastered in 2007 by Rudy Van Gelder. The 2007 edition includes new liner notes by Bob Blumenthal.