Hancock, Herbie: Crossings LP
Crossings is the second album in the experimental sextet trilogy Herbie Hancock released early 1970s. His electronic movements are further explored and the whole sound comes alive in the three long tracks this album consists about. The album opens with some African drums before moving on the to some of the unearthed sounds the sextet created for this album. Centerpiece "Sleeping Giant" is nearly 25 minutes long and is divided into five funky and groovy parts. A transcendent experience that has grown over time into one of the most moving, powerful and innovative artistic statements of the modern era. Over forty years later this album still sounds incredibly ahead of its time.
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.