Herbie Hancock – Mwandishi (1971/2015) [HDTracks 24bit/192kHz]

Herbie Hancock – Mwandishi (1971/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192kHz  | Time – 45:05 minutes | 1,79 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Warner Bros. Records
Recorded: December 1970, Wally Heider Recording Studio C, San Francisco

Mwandishi is one of the first albums on which Herbie Hancock departs from the traditional jazz idioms and pursues a new original style that would generate a wider audience appeal, most notably manifested in his 1973 album Head Hunters. Mwandishi was produced by David Rubinson.

“With the formation of his great electric sextet, Herbie Hancock’s music took off into outer and inner space, starting with the landmark Mwandishi album recorded in a single session on New Year’s Eve. Ever the gadgeteer, Herbie plays with electronic effects devices — reverb units, stereo tremelo, and Echoplex — which all lead his music into spacier, open-ended directions very much influenced by Miles Davis’ electric experiments, rendering it from post-bop conventions. There are just three tracks: the insistent 15/4-meter Afro-electric-funk workout ‘Ostinato (Suite for Angela),’ the inquisitive ‘You’ll Know When You Get There’ with its ethereal Hancock voicings, and trombonist Julian Priester’s ‘Silent Way’-influenced ‘Wandering Spirit Song,’ which eventually dips into tumultuous free form. Eddie Henderson emerges as a major trumpet soloist here, probing, jabbing, soliloquizing; Bennie Maupin comes over from Lee Morgan’s group to add his ominous bass clarinet and thoughtful alto flute; and Buster Williams’ bass and Billy Hart’s flexible drums propel the rhythm section. Santana’s José Chepitó Areas and Leon ‘Ndugu’ Chancler also add funky percussive reinforcement to ‘Ostinato,’ along with guitarist Ron Montrose. The group’s collective empathy is remarkable, and Hancock had only begun to probe the outer limits with this extraordinary music.” —Richard S. Ginell, AllMusic

1 Ostinato (Suite For Angela) 13:12
2 You’ll Know When You Get There 10:24
3 Wandering Spirit Song 21:29

Mwandishi / Herbie Hancock – Fender Rhodes piano
Mchezaji / Buster Williams – Bass
Jabali / Billy Hart – Drums
Mganga / Eddie Henderson – Trumpet, flugelhorn
Mwile / Bennie Maupin – Bass clarinet, alto flute, piccolo
Pepo Mtoto / Julian Priester – tenor trombone, bass trombone


Ronnie Montrose – Guitar on “Ostinato (Suite For Angela)”
Leon “Ndugu” Chancler – drums and percussion
Cepito / Jose Areas – congas and Timbales on “Ostinato (Suite For Angela)”



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