Herbie Hancock - Crossings
Herbie Hancock - Crossings
Herbie Hancock - Crossings
Herbie Hancock - Crossings
Herbie Hancock - Crossings
Herbie Hancock - Crossings

Herbie Hancock - Crossings

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Herbie Hancock (el-p, p, mellotron, perc) [click here to see more vinyl featuring Herbie Hancock]

Bennie Maupin (ss, fl, b-cl, fl, perc) [click here to see more vinyl featuring Bennie Maupin]

Eddie Henderson (tp, fhg, perc); Julian Priester (tb, perc); Patrick Gleeson (synth); Buster Williams b, perc); Billy Hart (dr, perc)

Written by Herbie Hancock (A1), Bernie Maupin (B1, B2)

 

1 LP, Gatefold sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’

Stereo

Studio

Record Press : Pallas

Label : Speakers Corner

Original Label :  Warner

Recording: February 1972 at Pacific Recording Studios, San Mateo, CA., by Patrick Gleason

Production: David Rubinson

Originally released in 1972

Reissued in 2017

 

Tracks : 

Side A :

  1. Sleeping Giant

Side B :

  1. Quasar
  2. Water Torture

 

Reviews

« With the frenzied knocking of what sounds like a clock shop gone berserk, Crossings takes the Herbie Hancock Sextet even further into the electric avant-garde, creating its own idiom. Now, however, the sextet has become a septet with the addition of Dr. Patrick Gleeson on Moog synthesizer, whose electronic decorations, pitchless and not, give the band an even spacier edge. Again, there are only three tracks -- the centerpiece being Hancock's multi-faceted, open-structured suite in five parts called "Sleeping Giant." Nearly 25 minutes long yet amazingly cohesive, "Sleeping Giant" gathers a lot of its strength from a series of funky grooves -- the most potent of which explodes at the tail-end of Part Two -- and Hancock's on-edge Fender Rhodes electric piano solos anticipate his funk adventures later in the '70s. Bennie Maupin's "Quasar" pushes the session into extraterrestrial territory, dominated by Gleeson's wild Moog effects and trumpeter Eddie Henderson's patented fluttering air trumpet. Even stranger is Maupin's "Water Torture," which saunters along freely with splashes of color from Hancock's spooky Mellotron and fuzz-wah-pedaled Fender Rhodes piano, Gleeson's electronics, and a quintet of voices. Still a challenging sonic experience, this music (which can be heard on Warners' Mwandishi two-CD set) has yet to find its audience, though the electronica-minded youth ought to find it dazzling. » AllMusic Review by Richard S. Ginell

In the 1970s, Herbie Hancock’s "Crossings" was to be found on every record shelf in the student pads of jazz-fusion fans. The cover, with its psychedelic touch, also contributed significantly to its popularity – although it was unclear where the crossing was going to take us …

Nevertheless, the excellent trumpeter Eddie Henderson – often underestimated as an improviser and composer, and Benny Maupin – who like Hancock had grown up under Miles Davis’s wing, present a wide range of sound-generating instruments – as was all the rage in those days. Synthesizer and Mellotron (a polyphonic tape replay keyboard and as such practically the prototype of the sampler) were permanent members of the group – and even produce here melodic arches of sound! Whether Bennie Maupin’s "Quasar" launches the group and us into extraterrestrial territory (as stated in one review) is a moot point.

This LP is a contemporary historical document, though it certainly doesn’t sound antiquated. That’s why younger listeners too will find pleasure in this experiment from the previous millennium.

 

Ratings :

AllMusic : 5 / 5 , Discogs  4,28 / 5  , Rate Your Music  3,80 / 5

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