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Speak Like a Child [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

Herbie HancockAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 1, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B0007LLQ3W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,460 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Recorded three years after his groundbreaking Maiden Voyage LP, this 1968 date features the pianist/composer leading a trio which includes his Miles Davis bandmate, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Mickey Roker, augmented by a three-piece horn section featuring alto flute, bass trombone, and Thad Jones on flugelhorn. This unique configuration was inspired by the orchestral timbres of Gil Evans's voicings, filtered through a 1960s syncopated perspective. Remastered by the original session engineer, Rudy Van Gelder, Hancock's percussive, yet flowing pianisms are more detailed in front of the evocative woodwind arrangements. Several jazz standards flowed from this date. The maze-like "Riot" and "The Sorcerer" were both recorded by Davis--as well as the dreamy bossa nova title track. Hancock plays with his patented style of "controlled freedom," and this LP paved the way for his future forays in modern music. --Eugene Holley, Jr.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Undeniably Gorgeous March 6, 2005
Format:Audio CD
"Speak Like A Child" occupies a special place in Herbie Hancock's back catalog. A fine mix of deft writing and involved group interplay, it is also among the singular examples of small group arrangement in modern jazz. Here, Hancock's complex, powerful charts interpose some of the most remarkable trio work in the pianist's career. Bassist Ron Carter and drummer Mickey Roker provide a supple, viscous rhythmic backdrop for the pianist's lead lines, while the formidable triptych of fluegelhornist Thad Jones, bass trombonist Peter Phillips, and alto flutist Jerry Dodgion juggle Hancock's tricky melodic material with wit and gusto. Practically all of the solo space belongs to the leader, whose playing here is as eloquent as anywhere else on record; in this unique context, Hancock's improvisations sound liberated, epic. It does not hurt that this album contains perhaps the most fascinating program of compositions on any of the pianist's Blue Note albums. Included are the vigorous, tempestuous "Riot," as well as "The Sorcerer"--two tunes also played by the 60's-era Miles Davis Quintet. "Toys" and "Goodbye to Childhood" are less deliberate, the latter a somber, dirge-like production rearranged to great effect on the included alternate take. Special recognition goes to Ron Carter, whose giddy, up-tempo romp "First Trip" provides some interesting trio dialogue (the only true "trio" track on the disc), as well as to Herbie's composition "Speak Like A Child." A moving, emotionally wrenching tour-de-force, "Speak Like A Child" epitomizes the atmosphere of the album: multifaceted, introspective, and drowning in pathos. For all its virtuosity, the album is truly remarkable for its sheer, ephemeral beauty--a composition in and of itself. Read more ›
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Landmark Jazz Piano Album September 17, 2005
Format:Audio CD
With two reviews on this page only awarding four stars to this exceptional recording, I'll take my cue to argue why "Speak Like a Child" deserves no less than five. What makes the title track so intriguing, in addition to the Gil Evans-inspired voicings, is the melody itself: it's more hinted at as opposed to being clearly stated, bringing the impressionism of Debussy and Ravel to mind. The crown jewel for this reviewer, though, is Ron Carter's "First Trip." Hancock's solo is a perfect fusion of bebop, funk and the blues. The lines are intricate, chromatic, and infectious, while the motivic development here is particularly marvelous, perhaps Herbie's best on record. This disc is an absolute essential for students of jazz piano in particular.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hear This "Child" Speak. August 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
"Speak Like a Child" is a Herbie Hancock release that was out of print for many years before it was rescued by Rudy Van Gelder, who remastered and reissued it in 2005. It's the followup to his classic "Maiden Voyage" and was recorded in two sessions: March 6 and March 9 in 1968. Hancock is well-supported by a talented team, with bass player Ron Carter and drummer Mickey Roker making particularly notable impressions on "Toys" and "Riot." If the latter track sounds familiar, it's because it was also recorded by Miles Davis (you can check out his own version on his 1967 album "Nefertiti," and another track, "Sorcerer" was also recorded by Miles). In addition, a three-member horn section highlights the smooth and gentle title cut, and there's some dynamic interplay between Hancock, Roker, and Carter on the breezy "First Trip." A laid-back vibe, touches of understated elegance, and a distinct air of cool makes "Speak Like a Child" such a worthy entry in Hancock's catalogue. If you missed this album the first time around, here's your second chance to experience it, in all its remastered glory.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Colorful musical palette March 23, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Hancock's Blue Note releases "Maiden Voyage" and Empyrean Isles" rightfully have received more critical attention and acclaim than "Speak Like a Child." Still, he deserves credit with this recording for changing up his approach, broadening the sound and weaving more colors into the tapestry.
Where "Maiden Voyage" and "Empyrean Isles" provided major forums for the horn players -- Freddie Hubbard on both and George Coleman on "Isles" -- Hancock uses Thad Jones, Jerry Dodgion and Peter Phillips exclusively to add depth to the band's sound on "Child." This approach succeeds nicely for the most part, particularly on "Riot," which Hancock had contributed while with Miles Davis. Herbie also takes fleet, satisfying solos on "Toys" and "First Trip," a Ron Carter composition.
My only complaint is that on occasion the arrangements become a bit too pretty for my taste and the solos drift a bit, losing their edge. It's nowhere Muzak, but on the title cut, for example, and sections of "Goodbye to Childhood," the sound is a bit tepid, with blurred horn lines and not particularly inspired (for Hancock) piano.
If you're building a Hancock discography that includes his jazz material (pre-"Headhunters," in other words), this is a good addition, but it's not quite must-have.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, excellent classic. September 9, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
This is one of the best jazz albums of all time, and one of the most beautiful. The expanded group is used for lovely shadings and colors, and the compositions and playing are all just first rate. Special, and belongs in every collection.
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Published 2 days ago by ConativeMe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome! Herbie Hancock is a musical genius...but we already knew that!
Published 29 days ago by EZJAZZ18
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Music marred by Poor Quality Pressing
This review is NOT for the music. This album has been one of my favorite Herbie Hancock recordings of all time and the music is more than excellent. Read more
Published 1 month ago by MLQ
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Herbie Hancock laying down some smooth tracks. This is real jazz.
Published 2 months ago by Nubian
5.0 out of 5 stars Breath Taking
Speaks Like A Child is one of the top ten all-time jazz pieces. It always sends chill up my spine and makes me tear-up
Published 9 months ago by craigr1971
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This is a classic...outstanding in every which way--musicianship, arrangements, compositions, and production. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mark Chergosky
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
I've previously owned this on vinyl and am happy to buy the DVD. Great writing, great playing. Herbie's always been the guy in my time.
Published 17 months ago by Michael Heathman
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
As with most great artists during great creative cycles, each Blue Note Herbie Hancock album is an experiment in style. Read more
Published on December 25, 2009 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic!!!
I don't know where to begin with word descriptions for this performance. I don't have words other than to say that everything about this performance is "right". Read more
Published on November 2, 2009 by G. Meredith
5.0 out of 5 stars Herbie Hancock
I bought this for a friend and he was very happy, said it is just what he wanted.
Published on September 13, 2009 by P. Corbell
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