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THE PIANO

Herbie Hancock

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.51 | 5 ratings

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Kazuhiro
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3 stars 1974 year might have been an age of the reformation and the challenge in the history of his music for Herbie Hancock. Flow transfered the register from work in age of Blue Note to Warner Bros. And, a bold music character after it transfers the register to Sony Records is revolutionized. They might have been exactly kaleidoscopic in the flow of the music of Herbie Hancock at this time.

"Dedication" that had been announced in 1974 became first Solo Album for him. Because the synthesizer besides an acoustic piano and the machine parts such as Fender Rhodes were used, some loose impressions might be given as a content of the album in "Dedication". And, he is beginning the production of Solo Album again in 1978 after four years after announcing "Dedication". The album is this "The Piano". A research a little to guess the reason to require time for four years per two Solo Album of "Dedication" and "The Piano" might be necessary.

When "Dedication" is produced, he is making remarks.

"Let's produce the album ..it is possible to give of the period of the preparation... "

When you apply the focus to a past work and the situation in the history of his music. It was demanded from Herbie Hancock to perform the electric piano for work with Miles Davis. And, the performance was an element where Herbie Hancock had been adopted at once in the work at the time of Blue Note. To expand the width of his music character at once, the style was digested.

He might not have been uplifting feelings so much for producing "Dedication". If his music character at this time is considered, it will be able to find some respects. !It was announced in "Head Hunters" and 1974 that had been announced in 973 years "Thrust". These routes are important works that put the position of his music in the 70's. The route where the music character that he had done till then was boldly changed was his pronoun at this time. It struck close to home in Jazz Rock and music that united the element of Funk Music struck close to home to the listener.

An indeed loose impression might have been given to the listener in "Dedication" produced in the flow to which the route was gradually established. As for musical instruments used for producing "Dedication", the synthesizer and Fender Rhodes besides an acoustic piano are used. There might have been a few ditches in an idea to his music, directionality, and an original meaning of Solo Album. Musical instruments and ideas that man at that time had used might have given a little loose impression. It was "Dedication" that it had appeared remarkably as it was.

The music character at which Herbie Hancock had aimed for producing Solo Album like Chick Corea often compared well with Herbie Hancock at that time had a surely original sense. However, there might surely have been room and width in the music of Herbie Hancock between these "The Piano" that had been announced through years of four years after "Dedication" had been announced. If an opposite meaning was used, years of four years might have been necessary to produce Solo Album again.

One competes with Chick Corea. Or, V.S.O. P is formed. These points might surely have expanded the width of the music character of Herbie Hancock. A whole volume acoustic piano is used in this album. The impression that returns the expression of the self to an acoustic element again for his music is given to the listener. Of course, the route of "Head Hunters" is established in his music as the existence of one pronoun. However, the situation in which this "The Piano" was produced as a method of expressing the music of Herbie Hancock in parallel with the route based on competing with various musicians might have been a natural by contraries act. The challenge and the direction to his music might always be done by the revolution and execution.

「My Funny Valentine」。And, tunes such as "On Green Dolphin Street" and "Someday My Prince Will Come" are known by performing Miles Davis before. And, it might be a tune that performs a lot of Herbie Hancock. He knows how to perform these standard Jazz. To tell the listener the tune, he has never destroyed the tune. A certain kind of transparent feeling and light advance by his sense and melody.

The melody with a transparent feeling of "Harvest Time" has succeeded splendidly, too. And, "Sonrisa" might be one of the highlights of this album.

It advances as the melody of "Manhattan Island" indeed has traveling a certain kind of light and a little [**] paving code. It advances by the element and the progress of rinky-dinks a few as for "Blue Otani" to take the hotel where it stayed when he produces this album name to the title of the tune. However, the point that his idea and sense are built everywhere of the tune might be splendid.

An extension of the width of the music character and a little room will surely be felt from the announcement of "Dedication" in the challenge to the music of Herbie Hancock that works on Solo Album again through years of four years by me. The recording is done with Sony Studio of Tokyo as for this album in 1978.

Kazuhiro | 3/5 |

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