When Herbie Hancock was working on the album “Speak like a Child,” the pianist wanted to reflect “a childlike, but not childish, philosophy.” The album has an optimistic sound that makes it the perfect background music for any classroom activity, from quiet reading to engaged whole class conversations.
Artist: Herbie Hancock
Album: Speak Like a Child
Release Year: 1968 Genre: Jazz Vocals: No
Tell Your Students: “Speak Like a Child” is Herbie Hancock’s sixth studio album. It came out in the late 1960s, a time of much social turmoil. With the album, he wanted to show listeners “a forward look into what could be a bright future.” The result is a hopeful, optimistic take on the jazz genre. The album features an interesting pairing of instruments including the piano, which Hancock plays, a bass, the drums, an alto flute, a flugelhorn, and a bass trombone. The entire album was recorded over two days in March of 1968. (Information from Wikipedia)