Label: Blue Note - TOCJ-4279,Blue Note - BNST-84279 • Series: The BN Works 4200 Series • Format: CD Album, Reissue • Country: Japan • Genre: Jazz • Style: Soul-Jazz, Post Bop, Swing
Featuring Hancock's arrangements for an unusual front line of alto flutebass trombone and flugelhornthe album was described by critic Nat Hentoff as an "impressive further stage in the evolution of Herbie Hancock as writer and player", characterised by a "singular quality of incisive, searching lyricism.
The cover photograph was taken by David Bythewood, an acquaintance of Hancock. The photo depicts Hancock in silhouette kissing his then-girlfriend, Gigi Meixner. The pianist wanted to represent here a childlike, but not childish, philosophy. He felt this music didn't reflect the social turmoil of the late s in America, that is riots and problematic economy.
Hancock rather wanted to picture a more upbeat, brighter future, or, as he says, "a forward look into what could be a bright future. When they do return to us, we're at our best. In the liner notes, Hancock further points out his approach to the album, recalling his previous efforts: "What I was into then, and have been thinking about more and more, was the concept that there is a type of music in between jazz and rock. I've been trying for a long time to work on swinging, and of all the albums I've done, this to me swings the most.
For the most part, the harmonies in these numbers are freer in the sense that they're not so easily identifiable chordally in the conventional way. I'm more concerned with sounds than chords, and so I voice the harmonies to provide a wider spectrum of colors that can be contained within the traditional chord progression. I tried to give the horns notes that would give color and body to the sounds I heard as Back To The Jungle - Various - Magic Dance Xplosion 23 wrote.
Also, the pianist was becoming really captivated by ensembles. Indeed, he concludes saying "certainly, one of the ways I'm going to go from here on is writing for large groups [ A different take of "Riot" was recorded originally by Miles Davis on his Nefertiti. Hancock, though, points out that the arranged version on Speak Like a Child is less riotous than Davis'.
Moreover, even though it contains "an element of turmoil", it is there "more as an undercurrent than on the surface. The title for "Speak Like a Child", the haunting title track that represents the summa of this concept album, came from Francis Wolff who designed much art for Blue Note, and it was suggested by Barbara Ann - Various - 1966 Rapallo Davoli Vol.
2 cover photograph taken by Bythewood. Hancock was so enthralled by it that he brought the photo to Wolff for use as the Som En Vind - Ingmar Nordströms - På Oléo album. Wolff in turn was impressed by the naivety and innocence in it, so he promptly chose it as the cover.
Miles Davis Quintet attempted to record the piece in Januarywithout producing a proper, finished take. Carter clearly wrote the tune one of the days Speak Like A Child - Herbie Hancock - Speak Like A Child Ron Jr. When Hancock first played the melody, he "didn't play it straight", but rather made changes to some phrases and tempos, so that it would result freer, getting away "from finite structural and chordal limitations.
The tune "Toys", which displays contrasting dynamics, came out since Hancock was trying to write a piece "with the colors of a blues, but not the form," whilst "Goodbye to Childhood" should reflect a melancholic feeling, "that particular quality of sadness you feel at childhood being gone. The last track on the album is "The Sorcerer", written for Davis. It is also featured on the eponymous Sorcerer.
Hancock titled it that way because, in a way, he thought of Miles as "a sorcerer. His whole attitude, the way he is, is kind of mysterious. There are times I don't know where his music comes from. It doesn't sound like he's doing it; it sounds like it's coming from somewhere else. From You Dont Have To Say You Love Me - Elvis Presley - Artist Of The Century (Box Set, LP), the free encyclopedia.
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