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Crossings Import


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  • Audio CD (19 Dec 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Vivid
  • ASIN: B000GGSKSM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,782,559 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sleeping Giant
2. Quasar
3. Water Torture

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CD ALBUM

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By The Fish on 29 Sep 2006
Format: Audio CD
It seems to have taken years and years for the world to catch up with what the Mwandishi group achieved musically in their short window of creative genius during the late 60s/early 70s. Many people feel that they reached their pinnacle with this 1971 masterpiece, Crossings.

There can be little doubt that pick of the three tracks on offer here is Hancock's only composition, Sleeping Giant. After this never-bettered 25 minute epic, about which I can't say anything you won't already know, the writing duties are passed onto reedman Bennie Maupin, who dazzles us with the deeply unsettling Quasar, and then harmonically stunning Water Torture.

The simple reason for this being the greatest Herbie Hancock album of them all is that if you were ever looking for the career of the great man condensed down into one CD, you would have to choose Crossings. This album contains nods to his own Blue Note past(his work with Wayne Shorter in particular) and points toward his future in fusion, funk and popular music.

For those who are unfamiliar with any of Herbie's other albums- avoid this for just now. But if you are looking for music that dazzles, captivates, challenges and inspires its listener, then look no further.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steve Keen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 July 2012
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Reading Kevin Fellezs's Birds Of Fire, about the birth of fusion music, opened up a few new portals for me, not least of which was a previously undiscovered trove of Herbie Hancock recordings.

Crossings is the first of these, and having listened to it now several times I wonder that I'd previously overlooked it, it's so breathtakingly good, and not a million miles away from music I already have, though sufficiently different that it's not just more of the same.

Sleeping Giant opens with drums reminiscent of Joni Mitchell's The Jungle Line, but shifts through phases dominated by piano, trumpet and soprano sax, with transitions provided by the synths, at times heavily funky, but constantly restless, with the tempo and texture never settling down. The muted horn itself is reminiscent of Miles.

Quasar begins with some thunderous piano chords, though overall the piece is gentle, notwithstanding the turbulent flute (well, it is the 70s!) and horn.

Water Torture is the most atmospheric piece, with the flute and horn now ethereal, complemented by the synths. The groove anticipates Headhunters somewhat.

Upon giving this a listen once I immediately ordered Sextant, so enthused was I. There's a little bit of a feeling that what Hancock was doing at the time was a logical extension of what Miles began with Filles De Kilimanjaro and which developed through In A Silent Way and on to Get Up With It, though there's nothing of the weirdness of On The Corner. Instead we have the experimentation with the synths that at the time would have put this at the leading edge technologically. According to Fellezs, at the time audiences found difficulty in accepting what Hancock was doing. Listening to it now it feels both still fresh but also somehow familiar. Maybe now people are ready.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Capster on 7 Jan 2009
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I'll keep it short as other reviewers have done a good job of summing this album up, but ... being someone who was mostly into stuff from Herbie's Headhunters period I wasn't sure what to expect from this album. To say it is quite different is an understatement, but, this album, along with Mwandishi, has a lot to offer.

Listening to this album really is like travelling through a vast expanse and there is a real sense of space and atmosphere. Although a bit too 'free' for some there are moments of melody and structure but they soon drift into something else entirely.

Rather than structured tunes think of this album more as a musical narrative to some untold galactic tale.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cubby Kovu on 23 July 2014
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This album is fantastic yes it only contains 3 songs but they are marvellous songs one is 24 minutes long and is extremely fun to listen to there is lots happening specially in the percussion side of things and Herbie plonks and plinks his synthsisers and pianos masterfully it is very brilliant album. Warning though Water Torture is called Water torture for a reason it is quite hard to listen to and feel comfortable for some reason
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don't expect any songs that you'll be able to whistle, just play it with the headphones on, and your eyes shut.
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