Herbie Hancock is one of the most prolific jazz pianists of the 20th century. A child prodigy, he played with the greats such as Donald Byrd and Miles Davis. He was one of the first to embrace and master the electric piano, but he always stayed true to the acoustic sound. In fact, he always bounced back and forth between his electronic and acoustic sound, touching upon almost every development in R&B, Funk and Jazz while retaining an original and distinctive voice.
Sextant from 1973 was recorded just before Head Hunters, and can be seen in the same vein, but it's more than just an introduction to a masterpiece. It features a kind of post-modal, free impressionism while gracing the edges of funk. Three long instrumental tracks explore how far minimalism in jazz can go.
Music On Vinyl has re-issued this Hancock gem for the first time since 1973!
"The true masterpiece on the album... is 'Hornets,' an eclectic, electric ride through both the dark modal ambience of Miles' In a Silent Way and post-Coltrane harmonic aesthetics. The groove is in place, but it gets turned inside out by Priester and Maupin on more than one occasion and Hancock just bleats with the synth in sections. Over 19 minutes in length, it can be brutally intense, but is more often than not stunningly beautiful." - Thom Jurek, allmusic.com
180 Gram Vinyl
Herbie Hancock, vocals, piano, Fender Rhodes, clavinet, mellotron, Moog, keyboards
Bennie Maupin, soprano sax, bass clarinet, piccolo
Dr. Eddie Henderson, trumpet flugelhorn
Julian Priester, bass trombone, tenor trombone, alto trombone, cowbell
Buster Williams, electric bass, acoustic bass, wah-wah
Billy Hart, drums
Dr. Patrick Gleeson, synthesizer
Buck Clarke, percussion
Sandra Stevens, vocals
Candy Love, vocals
Delta Horne, vocals
Victor Domagalski, vocals
Scott Beach, vocals
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