The Piano (Herbie Hancock album)

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The Piano
Studio album by Herbie Hancock
Released 1979
Recorded October 25–26, 1978
Genre Jazz
Length 31:31
Label Columbia
Producer David Rubinson
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Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

The Piano is the twenty-sixth album by Herbie Hancock.

About the Album[edit]

Like with Directstep one year before, this album was recorded in Japan. It was one of Hancock's most successful albums in Japan, perhaps because it was entirely solo piano. Hancock tackles Jazz standards such as My Funny Valentine, On Green Dolphin Street and Someday My Prince Will Come while also composing/performing four original songs.

This album was initially released in Japan, but made a release to the United States, 25 years after its initial release. In 2004, the album was released in the USA with bonus tracks, making it the only one of his Japanese releases available in the USA.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "My Funny Valentine" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) - 7:41
  2. "On Green Dolphin Street" (Bronisław Kaper, Ned Washington) - 3:20
  3. "Some Day My Prince Will Come" (Frank Churchill, Larry Morey) - 4:37
  4. "Harvest Time" (Hancock) - 4:47
  5. "Sonrisa" (Hancock) - 3:44
  6. "Manhattan Island" (Hancock) - 3:56
  7. "Blue Otani" (Hancock) - 3:24
  • Bonus tracks on 2004 rerelease
  1. "My Funny Valentine" (alternate) - 6:07
  2. "On Green Dolphin Street" (alternate) - 4:01
  3. "Someday My Prince Will Come" (alternate) - 5:13
  4. "Harvest Time" (alternate) - 5:15


  • Herbie Hancock – acoustic piano

Recording credits[edit]

  • Akira Aimi – photography
  • Fred Catero – engineer, mixing
  • Yasohachi "88" Itoh – production coordination
  • Kazumi Kurigami – cover photo
  • Keiichi Nakamura – production coordination
  • Yusaku Nakanishi – art direction
  • David Rubinson – producer
  • Mikio Takamatsu – mastering