Speak Like a Child

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Between 1965's Maiden Voyage and 1968's Speak Like a Child, Herbie Hancock was consumed with his duties as part of the Miles Davis Quintet, who happened to be at their creative and popular peak during those three years. When Hancock did return to a leadership position on Speak Like a Child, it was clear that he had assimilated not only the group's experiments, but also many ideas Miles initially sketched out with Gil Evans. Like Maiden Voyage, the album is laid-back, melodic, and quite beautiful, but there are noticeable differences between the two records. Hancock's melodies and themes have become simpler and more memorable, particularly on the title track, but...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Between 1965's Maiden Voyage and 1968's Speak Like a Child, Herbie Hancock was consumed with his duties as part of the Miles Davis Quintet, who happened to be at their creative and popular peak during those three years. When Hancock did return to a leadership position on Speak Like a Child, it was clear that he had assimilated not only the group's experiments, but also many ideas Miles initially sketched out with Gil Evans. Like Maiden Voyage, the album is laid-back, melodic, and quite beautiful, but there are noticeable differences between the two records. Hancock's melodies and themes have become simpler and more memorable, particularly on the title track, but that hasn't cut out room for improvisation. Instead, he has found a balance between accessible themes and searching improvisations that work a middle ground between post-bop and rock. Similarly, the horns and reeds are unconventional. He has selected three parts -- Thad Jones' fl├╝gelhorn, Peter Phillips' bass trombone, Jerry Dodgion's alto flute -- with unusual voicings, and he uses them for tonal texture and melodic statements, not solos. The rhythm section of bassist Ron Carter and drummer Mickey Roker keeps things light, subtle, and forever shifting, emphasizing the hybrid nature of Hancock's original compositions. But the key to Speak Like a Child is in Hancock's graceful, lyrical playing and compositions, which are lovely on the surface and provocative and challenging upon closer listening.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2005
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724386446824
  • Catalog Number: 64468
  • Sales rank: 25,871

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Riot (4:40)
  2. 2 Speak Like a Child (7:50)
  3. 3 First Trip (6:01)
  4. 4 Toys (5:52)
  5. 5 Goodbye to Childhood (7:06)
  6. 6 The Sorcerer (5:36)
  7. 7 Riot (4:55)
  8. 8 Riot (4:40)
  9. 9 Goodbye to Childhood (5:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Herbie Hancock Primary Artist, Piano
Ron Carter Double Bass
Thad Jones Flugelhorn
Peter Phillips Bass Trombone
Mickey Roker Drums
Jerry Dodgion Alto Flute
Technical Credits
Ron Carter Composer
Herbie Hancock Composer
Duke Pearson Producer, Audio Production
Micaela Boland Art Direction
Michael Cuscuna Reissue Producer
Rudy Van Gelder Remastering
Nat Hentoff Liner Notes
Bob Blumenthal Liner Notes
David Bythewood Cover Photo
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