everybodydigs#69 Herbie Hancock – Speak Like A Child


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Recorded three years after his groundbreaking Maiden Voyage LP, this 1968 date features the pianist/composer leading a trio which includes his Miles Davis bandmate, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Mickey Roker, augmented by a three-piece horn section featuring alto flute, bass trombone, and Thad Jones on flugelhorn. This unique configuration was inspired by the orchestral timbres of Gil Evans’s voicings, filtered through a 1960s syncopated perspective. Remastered by the original session engineer, Rudy Van Gelder, Hancock’s percussive, yet flowing pianisms are more detailed in front of the evocative woodwind arrangements. Several jazz standards flowed from this date. The maze-like “Riot” and “The Sorcerer” were both recorded by Davis–as well as the dreamy bossa nova title track. Hancock plays with his patented style of “controlled freedom,” and this LP paved the way for his future forays in modern music. –Eugene Holley, Jr.

Personnel: Herbie Hancock (piano); Thad Jones (flugelhorn); Jerry Dodgion (flute); Ron Carter (bass); Peter Phillips (trombone); Mickey Roker (drums).

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