Herbie Hancock's iconic releases Fat Albert Rotunda, Mwandishi and Crossings
Herbie Hancock is one of the most prolific jazz pianists of the 20th century. A child prodigy, he played with the greats such as Donald Byrd and Miles Davis. As he was a bit of a geek, he enjoyed gadgets & buttons and he was one of the first to embrace and master the electric piano, but he always stayed true to the acoustic sound. In fact, he always bounced back and forth between his electronic and acoustic sound, touching upon almost every development in R&B, Funk and Jazz while retaining an original and distinctive voice.
Music On Vinyl releases three well-known Herbie Hancock albums from the late '60s/ early '70s. Fat Albert Rotunda is his venture into jazz-funk, centered around the music Hancock wrote the Fat Albert cartoon show. It's is a unique item in Herbie Hancock's long and diverse catalog. Mwandishi is one of his first departures from his traditional jazz sounds. The album, which was recorded in a single session on New Year's Eve, is a much more electronic effort compared to his earlier works. It was one step forward into the future of jazz. Crossings is the second album in the experimental sextet trilogy Herbie released in the early 1970s. His electronic movements are further explored and the whole sound comes alive in the three long tracks on this record. Over forty years later this album still sounds incredibly ahead of its time.
Fat Albert Rotunda is the venture into jazz-funk by keyboardist Herbie Hancock. Fat Albert Rotunda is a unique item in Herbie Hancock's long and diverse catalog, with funky tracks like "Fat Mama" and modern jazz-oriented tunes like "Tell Me A Bedtime Story". The sextet which is backing Hancock consists of some of the most prominent musicians of that time, like Joe Henderson on tenor sax, Johnny Coles on trumpet and Buster Williams on the bass.
Mwandishi is one of Herbie Hancock's first departures from his traditional jazz sounds. The music on Mwandishi is beautifully atmospheric and the long tracks leave plenty of space for improvisations by the group. A fantastic recording with sonic layers of earth, existence and expression.