Sextant

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
When Herbie Hancock left Warner Bros. in 1971 after releasing three musically sound but critically and commercially underappreciated albums -- The Crossing, Mwandishi, and Fat Albert's Groove -- he was struggling. At odds with a jazz establishment that longed for his return to his Blue Note sound and a fierce consciousness struggle with free music and the full-on embrace of electricity since his tenure with Miles Davis, Hancock was clearly looking for a voice. Before diving into the commercial waters that would become Headhunters in 1973, Hancock and his tough group including Billy Hart, Julian Priester, Dr. Eddie Henderson, Bennie Maupin, and Buster Williams cut this gem ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
When Herbie Hancock left Warner Bros. in 1971 after releasing three musically sound but critically and commercially underappreciated albums -- The Crossing, Mwandishi, and Fat Albert's Groove -- he was struggling. At odds with a jazz establishment that longed for his return to his Blue Note sound and a fierce consciousness struggle with free music and the full-on embrace of electricity since his tenure with Miles Davis, Hancock was clearly looking for a voice. Before diving into the commercial waters that would become Headhunters in 1973, Hancock and his tough group including Billy Hart, Julian Priester, Dr. Eddie Henderson, Bennie Maupin, and Buster Williams cut this gem for their new label, Columbia. Like its Warner predecessors, the album features a kind of post-modal, free impressionism while gracing the edges of funk. The three long tracks are exploratory investigations into the nature of how mode and interval can be boiled down into a minimal stew and then extrapolated upon for soloing and "riffing." In fact, in many cases, the interval becomes the riff, as is evidenced by "Rain Dance." The piece that revealed the true funk direction, however, was "Hidden Shadows," with its choppy basslines and heavy percussion -- aided by the inclusion of Dr. Patrick Gleeson and Buck Clarke. Dave Rubinson's production brought Hancock's piano more into line with the rhythm section, allowing for a unified front in the more abstract sections of these tunes. The true masterpiece on the album, though, 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. It provides a glimpse into the music that became Headhunters, but doesn't fully explain it, making this disc, like its Warner predecessors, true and welcome mysteries in Hancock's long career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972398525
  • Catalog Number: 723985
  • Sales rank: 7,780

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rain Dance (9:19)
  2. 2 Hidden Shadows (10:14)
  3. 3 Hornets (19:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Herbie Hancock Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Vocals, Clavinet, Hand Clapping, Mellotron, Hand Clapping, fender rhodes, Fuzz-wah
Billy Hart Percussion, Drums
Bennie Maupin Percussion, Bass Clarinet, Piccolo, Soprano Saxophone, Wind, nose flute, Afuche
Julian Priester Trombone, Bass Trombone, Alto Trombone, Tenor Trombone, cowbell
Eddie Henderson Percussion, Trumpet
Scott Beach Vocals
Buck Clarke Bongos, Conga
Victor Domagalski Vocals
Patrick Gleeson Synthesizer
Delta Horne Vocals
Candy Love Vocals
Victor Pontoja Conductor
Sandra Stevens Vocals
Buster Williams Bass, Percussion, Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass, wah wah guitar, Fuzz Bass, Wah Wah Bass
Technical Credits
Bob Belden Producer, Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Herbie Hancock Echoplex, Contributor
Billy Hart Contributor
Bennie Maupin Contributor
Julian Priester Contributor
Eddie Henderson Contributor
Fred Catero Engineer
David Rubinson Producer, Remixing
Jeremy Zatkin Engineer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Randall Martin Reissue Design
John Vieira Engineer
Rob Springett Paintings, Cover Painting
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    TOP NOTCH!!

    Eclectic, haunting, groovy, and vibed out at the same time. A true classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Will The Real H.H. Stand Up

    Avant/Funk/Jazz, an obscure but awsome combination.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This "Sextant" shows the way!!!

    Herbie Hancock is searching for a view, a point of view that he has pointed at before but has never quite reached. This cd allows the listener a glimpse of Herbie "searching". It's worth the ride. funky and modal this one simmers just fine. Thank you very much!!!

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