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The Piano Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

4.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (20 Sept. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Columbia Legacy
  • ASIN: B00009PAJZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,055 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. My Funny Valentine
  2. On Green Dolphin Street
  3. Someday My Prince Will Come
  4. Harvest Time
  5. Sonrisa
  6. Manhattan Island
  7. Blue Otani
  8. My Funny Valentine
  9. On Green Dolphin Street
  10. Someday My Prince Will Come
  11. Harvest Time

Product Description

titolo-the pianoartista-herbie hancock etichetta-columbia---1.my funny valentine (album version) 2.on green dolphin street (album version) 3.someday my prince will come (album version) 4.harvest time (album version) 5.sonrisa (album version) 6.manhattan island (album version) 7.blue otani (album version) 8.my funny valentine (tk 3 alternate) 9.on green dolphin street (tk 2 alternate) 10.someday my prince will come (tk 3 alternate) 11.harvest time (tk 3 alternate)

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When records as good as this 1978 recording do not get released for nearly thirty years outside of Japan, you can hardly wonder at the 1970's reputation as the decade that Jazz forgot. As far as I am aware, Hancock does not have a prolific record of solo piano offerings and this CD, excellently recorded despite it's age, demonstrates that this is something that he should do more to rectify. Had it had been released at the time, no doubt this is a record that would have acquired classic status.
As someone who has tried to learn jazz piano, I feel that I am qualified to agree with everything that the other reviewer says, although I would add that the magic that is contained within this disc requires careful listening to fully appreciate. (Unlike Keith Jarrett who probably appeals as much to the non-musician and musician alike.) There is room in my CD collection for all types of pianists, yet Hancock is, for this reveiwer, the most technically accomplished and greatest of them all. The first half of the disc offers some reflective renditions of standards associated with Miles Davis and allows Hancock to explore his rich, harmonic palete. "My funny valentine" opens like a piece of 20th Century Classical music - no surpise really since Hancock is familiar with this repertoire. "Green Dolphin Street" demonstrates a simplification of the harmonic structure a la Coltrane, yet his right hand improvisations seem to explore every harmonic possibility. The control of dynamics is breath-taking. This is even more remarkable given that these tracks are all unedited. Elsewhere, a set of originals is no less involving, ending in some dirty blues playing.
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I'll keep it short:
This is THE most important and incredible CD I've ever bought/heard!
Originally recorded 1978 in Japan - and only available in a very limited Japan LP edition.
Hancock's interpretations of the jazz standards are no less than amazing.
However, his own compositions: Harvest Time, Sonrisa, Manhattan Island and Bluer Otani are AWESOME!
This is a MUST HAVE CD - thank god for the 2004 CD release, digitally re-mastered - does pay a little more respect to Herbie Hancock and this fairly unknown/underexposed masterpiece.
More melodic, jazzy and floating than Jarret will ever be.
Listen for yourself and learn!
Herbie Hancock - a true genius on The Piano...
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Recorded in the late 70's, but only widely issued fairly recently, the piano is an essential disc for fan's of herbie hancock. Whilst not necessarily the first cd a curious listener should pick up (blue note discs like maiden voyage and empyrian isles, or the funky headhunters album are the best starting place), it comes highly recommended.

Basically falling into 2 sections, the cd consists of 3 unique readings of jazz standards (my funny valentine, someday my prince will come and on green dolphin street) and 4 originals. The approach to the standards is very laid back and modern in outlook (especially in terms of the voicing) , but with the driving sense of ryhthm common to herbie's playing.

The originals show the most stylistic variety. Harvest time & Sonarisa continue the laid back feeling of the standards, but with a more pastoral sound.

Manhattan is a slightly moodier affair, with the most definitvely 'hancock' sound, rich 'jazzier' harmony and gorgeous runs. The disc then ends with Blue Otani, a more 'rooty' affair, as bluesy as the title suggests, but contains the same elements that bind the whole of the album and Herbie's piano style. Alternate takes are a great addition at the end.

It goes without saying that any piano student intrested in Herbie should really buy this album, being that it's virtually a masterclass on unaccomponied modern jazz piano, but in no way is this simply a 'pianists' album(especially as the focus is on the overall sound, and not just overtly 'choppy' playing, of which herbie is more than capable of, but choses not to overdo), but for anyone that likes the sound of a piano being played with the skill, grace and focus he brings to it.
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This is a sublime and masterly piano playing and I particularly like the eclectic Otani Blues track. This refers of course to the famous Tokyo hotel of the same name. I was slightly disappointed that there were alternate versions of all the tracks apart from that one.
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