Herbie Hancock: Riot




Herbie Hancock (piano)


Speak Like a Child (Blue Note)

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Herbie Hancock (piano), Thad Jones (flugelhorn), Ron Carter (bass), Mickey Roker (drums),

Peter Phillips (bass trombone), Jerry Dodgion (alto flute)


Composed by Herbie Hancock


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, N.J., March 6, 1968


Rating: 98/100 (learn more)

This was Herbie Hancock's second-to-last album for Blue Note Records, and man is it good. "Riot" opens with lush orchestration from the horn corps led by Thad Jones, followed by Hancock's signature use of the half-whole diminished scale. Ron Carter drives the band with Mickey Roker, the underrated Philly-bred bebop drummer. The backgrounds on Hancock's solo help to further establish this song as the album's crowning jewel. The main theme is repeated as Mr. Chameleon goes off on so many different melodic tangents that my mind spins in about 100 circles from the hypnotic nature of his ideas.

Reviewer: Jared Pauley

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