Herbie Hancock: Someday My Prince Will Come


Someday My Prince Will Come


Herbie Hancock (piano)


The Piano (Columbia/Legacy 87083)

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Herbie Hancock (piano).

Composed by Frank E. Churchill and Larry Morey


Recorded: Tokyo, October 25 and 26, 1978


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

Why does Herbie Hancock always save his best solo work for the Japanese market? When he was at the high point (low point?) of his career as a "fusion" artist, he released a solid, serious, solo keyboard effort called Dedication -- but only in Japan. I had to convert the holdings of my piggy bank into yen and find an import-export agent just to sniff the vinyl. The Piano is much the same story: a great collection of solo piano performances, but kept out of the US market for 25 years. "Someday My Prince Will Come" is a smart reworking of the famous Disney soundtrack song, with constant change-ups in mood, dynamics and attack. Although Hancock has recorded some 50 recordings as a leader, there are very few examples of him playing standards without accompaniment. This is one of the finest.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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