The Piano - Herbie Hancock

About a month or two ago, someone wanted to know some good piano lp's and another poster suggested Herbie Hancock's 'The Piano'. I had never heard it and found it today at my local record store so I picked it up. This is such an amazing recording I would just like to thank whom ever posted that recommendation. Not sure who it was, but thanks. This is fantastic.
Pretty much anything with Herbie on just acoustic piano is fabulous. This guy is/was a real genius of improv.
Try Gershwin's World by Herbie.
I read the same 'piano' recommendation. Got it this week from an amazon seller. Have not listed yet.
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.
Thanks for the recommendation, and thank you Jazzcourier, for your comments - very interesting. I'll look out for it.

It’s been one of my favorites since first listen; and I’ve never understood why it isn’t held in higher regard. I’m glad you fellas are talking about it.
Always liked the Blue Note stuff before the funk, fusion, electric stuff. I'll check this one out.
I had forgotten all about direct to disc. I have several LPs direct to disc in storage. This is a Great recording and music. He made another one like this one entitled Directstep on amazon sellers for a cool $113 used. I will try to make do with this one. :)
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.