Herbie Hancock: The Sorcerer


The Sorcerer


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: 1968


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

Though most people are aware that the renowned Miles Davis quintet of the 1960s recorded this Herbie Hancock song, the composer's own version has a depth not found on Davis's version. Thad Jones is all over this dark track, showing his chops on the flugelhorn, which is a nice departure from the all-too-familiar trumpet. Hancock's piano work is superb, mixing demonic chordal tones with his usual blend of altered solo lines and triplet chromatic phrasing. This album was one of the last mainly acoustic albums Hancock released before he turned to fusion, and it demonstrates why he was and still is one of the greatest ever to touch the ivories.

Reviewer: Jared Pauley

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