HERBIE HANCOCK — Mwandishi: Complete Warner Bros. Recordings

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Boxset / Compilation · 1994

Filed under Fusion
By HERBIE HANCOCK

Tracklist

Disc 1
1. Wiggle-Waggle (5:52)
2. Fat Mama (3:52)
3. Tell Me a Bedtime Story (5:05)
4. Oh! Oh! Here He Comes (4:10)
5. Jessica (4:14)
6. Fat Albert Rotunda (6:32)
7. Lil' Brother (4:31)
8. Ostinato (Suite for Angela) (13:11)
9. You'll Know When You Get There (10:13)

Total Time: 57:44

Disc 2
1. Wandering Spirit Song (21:29)
2. Sleeping Giant (Parts 1-5) (24:40)
3. Quasar (7:24)
4. Water Torture (13:56)

Total Time: 67:30

Line-up/Musicians

Feat. Herbie Hancock, Billy Hart, Benny Maupin, Julian Priester, Eddie Henderson, Joe Henderson, Eric Gale, Garnett Brown, Albert "Tootie" Heath, Buster Williams, Joe Newman, Ernie Royal, Johnny Coles, Joe Farrell, Billy Butler, etc.

About this release

2-CD Warner Bros. 9 45732-2 (US)

Contains Fat Albert Rotunda, Mwandishi and Crossings LP's

Recorded between October 4, 1969 & February 17, 1972

Thanks to JS, snobb for the updates

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Putting Mwandishi (Hancock's African name) in the title of this collection was sort of misleading. I had assumed this was the complete collection of Herbie's incredible avant-garde fusion Sextet (confusingly enough, also called Mwandishi). Unfortunately, it turns out that about half of the Sextet's small discography is on Columbia, so what we get on this Warner collection is two progressive psychedelic Sextet albums, plus 'Fat Albert Rotunda', which was Herbie's first shot at funky RnB jazz. 'Fat Albert' is 60s rare groove jazz at it's best, but it's no match for the esoteric excursions of the far more adventurous Sextet. The only thing these two disparate recording ensembles have in common is Hancock himself, plus his unique innovative small horn ensemble orchestrations, as well as his usual futuristic space lounge sensibilities. Hopefully someday someone will make a CD collection of The Mwandishi Sextet's three studio albums, plus their contributions to Hancock's 'Death Wish' soundtrack as well as their reunion appearance at Herbie's first VSOP concert. For a really fantastic box set they could also include all the incredible Sextet spin-off groups led by Hancock's side men; Bennie Maupin, Eddie Henderson and Julian Priester.

This Warner collection isn't a bad introduction to the music of Herbie Hancock. You get the fun grooves of 'Fat Albert', plus the African space orchestra odysseys of the Sextet. That combination of intellectual challenge with warm human emotion pretty much sums up Herbie's amazing music and career.

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