Herbie Hancock – Crossings (1972/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Herbie Hancock – Crossings (1972/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 46:03 minutes | 1,86 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | © Rhino/Warner Bros.

Cover art included, liner notes not included

The 1971 album, remastered from the original analogue tape. Currently out-of-print in the U.S.

Crossings is jazz pianist Herbie Hancock’s tenth studio album originally released in 1972. The record was the second during Hancock’s Mwandishi period, which featured a string of albums that focused on experimental electronics. Crossings was the first album to feature the newest member to Hancock’s group, synthesizer player Patrick Gleeson.

With the frenzied knocking of what sounds like a clock shop gone berserk, Crossings takes the Herbie Hancock Sextet even further into the electric avant-garde, creating its own idiom. Now, however, the sextet has become a septet with the addition of Dr. Patrick Gleeson on Moog synthesizer, whose electronic decorations, pitchless and not, give the band an even spacier edge. Again, there are only three tracks — the centerpiece being Hancock’s multi-faceted, open-structured suite in five parts called “Sleeping Giant.” Nearly 25 minutes long yet amazingly cohesive, “Sleeping Giant” gathers a lot of its strength from a series of funky grooves — the most potent of which explodes at the tail-end of Part Two — and Hancock’s on-edge Fender Rhodes electric piano solos anticipate his funk adventures later in the ’70s. Bennie Maupin’s “Quasar” pushes the session into extraterrestrial territory, dominated by Gleeson’s wild Moog effects and trumpeter Eddie Henderson’s patented fluttering air trumpet. Even stranger is Maupin’s “Water Torture,” which saunters along freely with splashes of color from Hancock’s spooky Mellotron and fuzz-wah-pedaled Fender Rhodes piano, Gleeson’s electronics, and a quintet of voices.

01 – Sleeping Giant
02 – Quasar
03 – Water Torture

Produced by David Rubinson.
Recorded February 1972 at Pacific Recording Studios in San Mateo, California.

Herbie Hancock – piano, electric piano, mellotron, percussion
Eddie Henderson – trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion
Billy Hart – drums, percussion
Julian Priester – bass, tenor and alto trombone, percussion
Buster Williams – electric bass, bass, percussion
Bennie Maupin – soprano saxophone, alto flute, bass clarinet, piccolo, percussion
Patrick Gleeson – moog synthesizer
Victor Pontoja – congas
Candy Love, Sandra Stevens, Della Horne, Victoria Domagalski, Scott Breach – vocals