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Herbie Hancock


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.28 | 312 ratings

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5 stars Second Hancock album from Mwandishi Trilogy. If the first Trilogy work was unusual for it's time spacey psyhedelic mix of electronica,free jazz and brass,without structure and very amorphous in form, second album is much better organised.

Using similar components, Hancock build more rhythmic and more dynamic work. First LP side is just one extra-long composition ( Sleeping Giant, 24:48!). Cloud of electronic sounds is filled by african drumming , many rhythm changes and some brass in all possible combinations. Composition is so complex,rich in structures,rhythms and sounds, that should by named suite,what will be more correct. You have all the best of Hancock and psychedelic jazz fusion of early seventies right here!

The other LP side includes two more compositions. Both in similar key, rich in electronic sounds,keybords, many different african drummings and some bass lines, they completed album till full great work. Rare mix of unusual and dangerous components, as electronic effects,Mellotron,el piano, free jazz structures,african drumming, very free wind solos all in one, perfectly balanced .

Real gem for free form jazz fusion lovers, could be a bit dangerous for newcomers with more rock oriented background.

snobb | 5/5 |


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