Herbie Hancock releases ‘Sextant,’ the last album of the Mwandishi period (1973)

Herbie Hancock‘s ‘Sextant’ is his eleventh album (and the last with his Mwandishi Band) released on March 30, 1973 by Columbia.

Track Listing : 1.Rain Dance (Herbie Hancock) – 09:16 . 2.Hidden Shadows (Herbie Hancock) – 10:11 . 3.Hornets (Herbie Hancock) – 19:35

Musicians : Herbie Hancock – Arp Echoplex, Clapping, Clavinet, Fender Rhodes, Fuzz-Wah, Handclapping, Keyboards, Mellotron, Piano, Piano (Electric), Synthesizer, Vocals . Bennie Maupin – Afuche, Clarinet (Bass), Nose Flute, Percussion, Piccolo, Sax (Soprano), Wind . Julian Priester – Cowbell, Trombone, Trombone (Alto), Trombone (Bass), Trombone (Tenor) . Buster Williams – Bass, Bass (Acoustic), Bass (Electric), Fuzz Bass, Percussion, Wah Wah Bass, Wah Wah Guitar . Buck Clarke – Bongos, Congas . Patrick Gleeson – Synthesizer . Billy Hart – Drums, Percussion . Eddie Henderson – Percussion, Trumpet . Victor Pontoja – Conductor . Delta Horne – Vocals . Candy Love – Vocals . Victor Domagalski – Vocals . Scott Beach – Vocals . Sandra Stevens – Vocals

Production : Produced By David Rubinson Fred Catero – Engineer . John Vieira – Engineer, Mixing

Package : Don Hunstein – Photography . Rob Springett – Paintings

Recorded In 1972 At Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco; Different Fur Studios, San Francisco.

Released On March 30, 1973 By Columbia .

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Uppity Music
Nowadays we’d call this music electronica or ambient, but in 1973 it was called “an unlistenable mound of dung that’s best ignored”. […]

AndyRussell @ RateYourMusic
But the opening track “Rain Dance” pushes this album over the edge for me. It’s a vivid portrayal of the ancient/futuristic hybrid depicted on the album cover. An astounding whirlwind of synthesizers and tribal sounds propels the piece through some excellent improvisation. […]

JazzMusicArchives.com
Again faced with public incomprehension, Sextant failed to sell anymore than the other two Mwandishi albums on WB. But this time it was clear that HH’s troupes were now struggling to find further grounds to explore and were starting to repeat themselves. […]

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