Herbie Hancock records his ninth album : ‘Mwandishi’ for Warner Bros. (1970)

Herbie Hancock’s ‘Mwandishi’ is his ninth album rRecorded in December 1970,

Track Listing : 1.Ostinato (Suite For Angela) (Herbie Hancock) – 13:10 . 2.You’Ll Know When You Get There (Herbie Hancock) – 10:22 . 3.Wandering Spirit Song (Julian Priester) – 21:26

Musicians : Herbie Hancock – Fender Rhodes Piano . Buster Williams – Bass . Billy Hart – Drums . Eddie Henderson – Trumpet, Flugelhorn . Bennie Maupin – Bass Clarinet, Alto Flute, Piccolo . Pepo Mtoto – Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone . Julian Priester – Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone . Ronnie Montrose – Guitar On (1) . Leon “Ndugu” Chancler – Drums And Percussion . José “Chepito” Areas – Congas And Timbales On (1)

Production : Produced By David Rubinson Fred Catero – Engineer

Package : Robin Mitchell – Cover Design . Stuart Nicholson – Liner Notes . Bonnie Schiffman – Cover Design

Recorded In December 1970 At Wally Heider Recording Studio C, San Francisco.

Released In March 1971 By Warner Bros..


My master’s thesis on Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi bandHancock solos with a percussive edge, looking as though he is giving the fender rhodes a thrashing it hasn’t ever experienced. Then without warning Hancock slides up the keyboard with the back of his hand and the whole rhythm section plays a riff. […]

Red Bull Music Daily
Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi YearsTaking its lead in places from Miles’ In a Silent Way, the record was spacey and experimental, joining the acoustic with the electric and darting into the wild while remaining rooted in jazz rhythms. […]

onethink @ RateYourMusic
Coming back to this album after a few years I find it more impressive than I remembered: it might be in the shadow of Davis but it is not unimaginatively derivative, it’s just a lighter sort of Miles – and I don’t necessarily mean lightweight, but light in tone compared to Davis’s more monumental sounds. […]


Herbie Hancock’s ‘Mwandishi’ on RVM [Radio.Video.Music]


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