Herbie Hancock ‎– Sextant

Columbia ‎– C 32212
Vinyl, LP, Album


A1 Rain Dance 9:16
A2 Hidden Shadows 10:13
B Hornets 19:36

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Recorded at Wally Heiders, San Francisco and Different Fur Trading Co., San Francisco.

© 1973 Hancock Music Company BMI
© 1973 CBS, Inc.
℗ 1973 CBS, Inc.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
KC 32212 Herbie Hancock Sextant(LP, Album) Columbia KC 32212 US 1973 Sell This Version
CK 64983 Herbie Hancock Sextant(CD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia, Legacy CK 64983 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
SOPL 190 Herbie Hancock Sextant(LP, Album) CBS/Sony SOPL 190 Japan 1973 Sell This Version
KC 32212, C 32212 Herbie Hancock Sextant(LP, Album, RE, RM) Columbia, Columbia KC 32212, C 32212 US Unknown Sell This Version
CK 64983, 64983-S1 Herbie Hancock Sextant(CD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia, Legacy, Columbia CK 64983, 64983-S1 US 1998 Sell This Version


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February 20, 2013

Just amazing! Its begins with twisted electronic dance-like music, then flows into a hard cosmic funk and then gets to the top with pure african dissonation. The best record from Mwandishi (And the last one, that's a shame). Hancock's avant-garde side.


September 12, 2012
edited over 4 years ago

Sextant has always been one of Hancock's most challenging and difficult records for me. I'm never able to come to my own consensus on it; can't decide whether I like it or not. As a diehard Herbie fan, I suppose that demonstrates how raw and unpredictable this music is. But I do know that something keeps me coming back, and at this minute, I'm loving it. A previous review compared it to Bitches Brew, and I think that's a good comparison. It's out there, and it takes considerable effort to dig through it, but there are some serious musical rewards in doing so.

Obviously the accountants at Columbia Records did not like it, which is why the very commercial (though still spectacular) Head Hunters followed.


January 7, 2003

This album is the last of Hancock's 'cosmic' CDs and follows on from "Crossings" and takes the angular funk of "Bitches Brew" and adds electronics from Dr Patrick Gleeson & heavily modified Fender Rhodes to take it 'out there'. The standout track for me is "Rain Dance" with its strange rhythmic pulse juxtaposed with a jazzy vamp in the middle. The next track, "Hidden Shadows", must be the only time a Mellotron makes it onto a jazz album.

IMHO, this CD is a must have.

April 14, 2002
fucking wicked record, been ripped off by global communications to mention but one. very mad stuff, equals bitches brew by miles davis easily. good stoner record