Being part 2 of my rediscovery of Herbie Hancock's 70s recordings.
After Crossings, part 1, I was ready to take a hit. Couldn't possibly be as good. It is.
Rain Dance begins with synth-produced dancing raindrops, with other sound effects also contributed electronically, building the ambience. Drum, bass and Fender Rhodes then join in. There's a feeling familiar from (the subsequent and more well-known) Headhunters, but it's too long to be that commercial.
Hidden Shadows is opened by an electric jazz groove from the bass and bass clarinet, underpinned by mellotron (there's a word I never expected to have to type!) and synths and the horns making occasional forays.
Hornets is the closest Hancock gets to a tribute to Miles live. The trumpet, though unmistakably not Miles in timbre is nevertheless uncannily close in phrasing. Bennie Maupin's presence hints at how life would have been had he played Bitches Brew live, and he goes on to channel Airto on kazoo (or Hum-a-zoo as it's called here). There are occasional Miles-like climaxes, and then quite unexpectedly it goes out on the hi-hat.
Part 3: Mwandishi...
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