Pretty much anything with Herbie on just acoustic piano is fabulous. This guy is/was a real genius of improv.
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What makes this an exceptionally well recorded piano performance is that Hancock recorded this directly to the master,bypassing the tape to master process.Side one was standards and was recorded in one sitting,as was side two,which are all Hancock originals.The cd release offers bonus tracks that were"spares" from the original sessions,not rejects,but alternate versions with a little different voicings.
This lp album has survived the digital transfer nobly and of course this IS Herbie Hancock, far removed from the endless trappings and concept albums that have taken him many places since this 1979 recording.
I placed an order on Amazon for 'The Piano' on compact disc ($24) and about 3 weeks later I got an e-mail stating that the order has been cancelled because the seller was out of stock. This past Saturday my wife and I decided to pump a little money into the local economy and visited our local record shop. Low and behold, there it was. One copy left for $13. Picked it up along with Cassandra Wilson's 'Silver pony'. A very worthwhile trip to the store to say the least.