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Herbie Hancock


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.23 | 284 ratings

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4 stars The perfect fusion record: Herbie Hancock's "Crossings"

I bought a copy of this because I like the Headhunters and Moonchild lp's and Crossings was rated very high here on PA. And a nice piece of advice it was! The record is pure beauty with style. Reaching classic jazzy moments like Kind of Blue, with styles mixed with African percussion and the newest of syenthisizors of that time. This is accompanied by the great artwork (get those vinyl sleeves!) giving us a glimps of the atmospheres we can expect.

Side one has one big track written by Herbie calles the Sleeping Giant. From the classic percussions intro to the spacey fusion parts, all Jazz possibilties pass you buy. Great solo's of windinstruments, great touchy keys played by Herbie and ofcourse the syntlayers that make this work so special. Side two has three tracks written by Benny Maupin. His great contributions on the writing of the album and his great windplaying should have resulted in the sharing of this works title. Hancock and Mauping's Crossings would have been suitable. The second side is darker and more dissonant. The mellotron is one of the elements of main interest here, for it isn't used very often in Jazz.

In conclusion, after five spins already one my favourite fusion albums. The atmospheres are great, the compositions are perfect. The recording is the final star that shines here and makes this a five star record. Don't skip on this!

* Edited. At first I though this was a masterpiece that would grow on me, but in fact, it hasn't. I still think side one is very strong, but side two just doesn't do it for me. The music is very abstract so is it's to get attached to it. I've changed my rating to a four star rating. Still highly recommended though.

friso | 4/5 |


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