Rhino Records 180 gram re-issue comes in gatefold sleve. Crossings is the twelfth album by jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, released in 1972. It is the second album in his Mwandishi period, which saw him experimenting in electronics. [wikepedia]
- Crossings, the second album from Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi sextet (plus new-addition Patrick Gleeson manning the synthesizers), is arguably the most experimental in his catalog. Yet even at Hancock's most far-reaching, he demands an order and purpose in his music that makes him a different kind of experimenter than his former employer, Miles Davis. Whereas Davis' '70s music could be orgies of sonic assaults and unexpected juxtapositions, Hancock preferred to carefully orchestrate timbres and to integrate the unknown with snatches of familiarity. Davis' music could crack the sky; Hancock could make a hearty gumbo out of whatever fell out. So, while 'Sleeping Giant' (the only Hancock composition on the album) hits the listener right off the bat with a flurry of African percussion and the spacey Moog synthesizer effects of Patrick Gleeson, the tribal rhythms eventually congeal into something a bit more funky when the bass kicks in and Hancock starts up his Fender Rhodes. After a few minutes of setting down an abstract pattern, the band erupts into a groove around the 11:05 mark that portends the jazz-funk fusion of Hancock's subsequent albums. The track - which really is almost symphonic in both scope and execution - is, in my opinion, the greatest accomplishment of Hancock's electric era. The other two tracks, composed by Benny Maupin, are more synthesizer-dominated. If Mwandishi had a loping 'underwater' character to it, 'Quasar' and 'Water Torture' are like space journeys. There is a restless, busy percussion throughout these tracks that, taken with the synthesizer effects, gives the music the character of being simultaneously ancient and alien. 'Water Torture' has a magnificent ambience that reaches both the stars and the soul. [review by Matt P. / progreviews.com]
FOC (Album) Recorded at Pacific Recording Studios, San Mateo.Produced by David Rubinson & Friends Inc., San Francisco.Moog and mellotron recorded at Different Fur Trading Company, San Francisco.
Artwork By - Robert Springett Bass (Electric), Bass, Percussion - Buster Williams Congas - Victor Pontoja Electric Piano, Piano, Mellotron, Percussion - Herbie Hancock Engineer (Recording) - Fred Catero Mixed By (Remix) - David Rubinson , Fred Catero , Jerry Zatkin Photography - Anne Foreman Producer - David Rubinson Saxophone (Soprano), Flute (Alto), Clarinet (Bass), Piccolo Flute, Percussion - Bennie Maupin Synthesizer (Moog) - Patrick Gleason Trombone (Bass, Tenor, Alto), Percussion - Julian Priester Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Percussion - Eddie Henderson Voice - Candy Love , Della Horne , Sandra Stevens , Scott Beach , Victoria Domagalski Written By - Bennie Maupin (tracks: B1, B2) , Herbie Hancock (tracks: A)[discogs]