Herbie Hancock (piano; b. 194)
The Piano (Columbia; 1979)
Recorded in 1978 and originally only released in Japan, The Piano (Columbia/Legacy Recordings), is one of Herbie Hancock's most introspective albums ever as well as one of the few solo piano recordings he has done.
It was finally released in the U.S. in 2004. The Piano showcases two intimate settings for Hancock, one being a set of standards most popularized by Miles Davis, including "On Green Dolphin Street" and "Someday My Prince Will Come." The second half of the disc includes four Hancock originals which were essentially spontaneous. Combined, this recording gives many listeners (new and seasoned Herbie Hancock fans) a great "fly on the wall" experience into the mind of one the greatest pianist since Bill Evans.
A true masterpiece from a musician who is rarely heard in a solo setting, The Piano is also a wonderful and essential CD to have in your collection. Herbie Hancock is an artist who has had way more high points than lows. The Piano is a traditional standards session that sets Hancock high and above many of others during that time period and is still relevant today.