Herbie Hancock ‎– Mwandishi

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WS 1898 Herbie Hancock Mwandishi(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records WS 1898 US 1971 Sell This Version
WBS 1898 Herbie Hancock Mwandishi(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. - Seven Arts Records WBS 1898 New Zealand 1971 Sell This Version
46 077 Herbie Hancock Mwandishi(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records 46 077 Germany 1971 Sell This Version
WS 1898 Herbie Hancock Mwandishi(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records WS 1898 Canada 1971 Sell This Version
P-8044W Herbie Hancock Mwandishi(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records P-8044W Japan 1971 Sell This Version
WS-1898, ST 93723 Herbie Hancock Mwandishi(LP, Album, Club) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records WS-1898, ST 93723 US 1971 Sell This Version
WS 1898 Herbie Hancock Mwandishi(LP, Album, Promo) Warner Bros. Records WS 1898 US 1971 Sell This Version
P-8044W Herbie Hancock Mwandishi(LP, Album, Promo) Warner Bros. Records P-8044W Japan 1971 Sell This Version
WS 1898, 1898 Herbie Hancock Mwandishi(LP, Album, RE) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records WS 1898, 1898 US 1973 Sell This Version
WS 1898 Herbie Hancock Mwandishi(LP, Album, RP) Warner Bros. Records WS 1898 US 1973 Sell This Version
K 46077 Herbie Hancock Mwandishi(LP, Album, RE) Warner Bros. Records K 46077 UK 1974 Sell This Version
HWBS 321-110 Herbie Hancock Mwandishi(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records HWBS 321-110 Spain 1976 Sell This Version
9362-47541-2 Herbie Hancock Mwandishi(CD, Album, RE, Dig) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Jazz, Warner Strategic Marketing 9362-47541-2 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
9362-47541-2 Herbie Hancock Mwandishi(CD, Album, RE, Dig) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Jazz, Warner Strategic Marketing 9362-47541-2 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
9362-47541-2 Herbie Hancock Mwandishi(CD, Album, RE, Dig) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Jazz, Warner Strategic Marketing 9362-47541-2 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
9362 47541-1 Herbie Hancock Mwandishi(LP, Album, RE) Warner Bros. Records 9362 47541-1 US 2001 Sell This Version
9362 47541 1 Herbie Hancock Mwandishi(LP, Album, RE) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Jazz 9362 47541 1 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
9362-47541-1 Herbie Hancock Mwandishi(LP, Album, RE, TP) Warner Music UK Ltd., Warner Jazz 9362-47541-1 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
WS 1898, WS-1898 Herbie Hancock Mwandishi(LP, Album, RE, 180) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records WS 1898, WS-1898 US 2004 Sell This Version
WPCR-12752 Herbie Hancock Mwandishi(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Music WPCR-12752 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
WPCR-27108 Herbie Hancock Mwandishi(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Warner Bros. Records, Rhino Records (2) WPCR-27108 Japan 2012 Sell This Version
none Herbie Hancock Mwandishi(3xFile, FLAC, Album, RE, 24b) Warner Bros. Records, Rhino Records (2) none 2015
WPCR-29114 Herbie Hancock Mwandishi(CD, Album, RE, RM, SHM) Warner Bros. Records WPCR-29114 Japan 2016 Sell This Version
WS 1898 Herbie Hancock Mwandishi(LP, Album, RE) Warner Bros. Records WS 1898 US Unknown Sell This Version
K46077, K 46077, WS 1898 Herbie Hancock Mwandishi(LP, Album, RP) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records K46077, K 46077, WS 1898 UK Unknown Sell This Version
WS 1898 Herbie Hancock Mwandishi(LP, Album, RP) Warner Bros. Records WS 1898 US Unknown Sell This Version

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GalaxyExplorer

GalaxyExplorer

December 9, 2004
edited over 14 years ago
referencing Mwandishi, LP, Album, RE, 9362 47541-1

"Mwandishi" is perhaps Herbie Hancock's best fusion album prior to "Head Hunters."

Although he didn't play on "Bitches Brew" in 1969, Hancock was obviously very influenced by that album. Ostinato is a straight-ahead uptempo exploration of the remnants of Bitches Brew. It is clearly a response to that monster fusion album's animalistic, chaotic nature. But it's more accessible than almost anything on there. It's got a bit of the funk that Miles Davis searched for and ultimately found, but years later. I believe the track is in 15/8 (at least for most of it -- can some verify this?) This track rewards repeated listenings, and debuts the beautiful Fender Rhodes sound that Hancock would exploit for the rest of the decade.

"You'll Know When You Get There." Perhaps Herbie was giving Miles a bit of advice here -- straighten up and fly right. This is a jazzier, quieter piece, but is just as complex as the opener. It foreshadows later ballads like "Butterfly" (from "Thrust") and "Bubbles" (from "Man-Child"). Excellent.

"Wandering Spirit Song" is a 20-minute introspection piece. It transitions so well from the previous track, you may not even notice when it starts. This song recalls Wayne Shorter's "Sanctuary" from Bitches Brew. More echoes of the Rhodes sparkle around the stereo field while trombonist Julian Priester quietly solos in the left channel.

This album is much more listenable than its successor ("Crossings") and way more interesting than that album's successor ("Sextant"). It would take Hancock another three years before recording the classic Head Hunters. This album laid the groundwork for that outing much more clearly than either of his next two albums. I've found it much more enjoyable than either of those, and will continue to listen to Mwandishi much more.