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Why "Crossings" might just be Herbie's finest ever album,
This review is from: Crossings (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.