The Piano (Herbie Hancock album)

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The Piano
The Piano (Herbie Hancock album).jpg
Studio album by Herbie Hancock
Released LP: 1979
CD: 2004
Recorded October 25–26, 1978
Studio CBS Studios, Tokyo
Genre Jazz
Length LP: 31:26
CD: 52:04
Label LP: CBS/Sony
CD: Columbia
Producer David Rubinson
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

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

About the Album[edit]

As with Directstep (recorded one week previously), this album was recorded, and originally only released, 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 "Some Day My Prince Will Come" while also composing/performing four original songs.

This album was initially released exclusively in Japan and first issued there on CD in 1983. In 2004, over 25 years after its recording, the album was released with four additional alternate takes of the same session. It was the first and only (until 2014) of Hancock's Japanese releases available internationally.

Track listing[edit]

CBS/Sony – 30AP 1033[2]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "My Funny Valentine" Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart 7:42
2. "On Green Dolphin Street" Bronisław Kaper & Ned Washington 3:20
3. "Some Day My Prince Will Come" Frank Churchill & Larry Morey 4:36
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Harvest Time" Herbie Hancock 4:48
2. "Sonrisa" Herbie Hancock 3:40
3. "Manhattan Island" Herbie Hancock 3:56
4. "Blue Otani" Herbie Hancock 3:24
Total length: 31:26
CD Reissue bonus track (Columbia – CK 87083)[3]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
8. "My Funny Valentine" (Take 3) Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart 6:08
9. "On Green Dolphin Street" (Take 2) Bronisław Kaper & Ned Washington 4:04
10. "Some Day My Prince Will Come" (Take 3) Frank Churchill & Larry Morey 5:16
11. "Harvest Time" (Take 3) Herbie Hancock 5:10
Total length: 52:04


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


  1. ^ "Herbie Hancock – The Piano (Review)". All Music. Retrieved April 7, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Herbie Hancock – The Piano (LP)". Discogs. Retrieved April 7, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Herbie Hancock – The Piano (CD)". Discogs. Retrieved April 7, 2017.