Crossings Original recording remastered, Import
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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Yes, not what I was expecting but this is haunting, sophisticated stuff.....and no less enjoyable because of that. Read morePublished 9 months ago by perko
Mood Jazz at its best, Herbie Hancock takes an exotic journey through his African roots.Published 17 months ago by Mr. Gerald G. Harniman
A nice album. Listen to it and re-assess your opinions of the man who brought us all that spew inducing, dated, 'do it for the money' commercial dross back in the late 20th... Read morePublished 23 months ago by E. Kelly
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... Read morePublished on 23 July 2014 by Cubby Kovu
don't expect any songs that you'll be able to whistle, just play it with the headphones on, and your eyes shut.Published on 7 Feb. 2013 by Mr. Philip Anderson
A reasonable successor to the superb first 'Mwandishi' album - layer upon layer of individual expression all coming together in one collective, lyrical voice. Read morePublished on 13 Sept. 2012 by Nomad
This album is a feast for the ears although suffers a little from a lack cohesion. However, when the album flows, it flows very well indeed. Read morePublished on 17 April 2012 by Alexander J. Dunn