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One thing that's just beginning to be realized, I think, is that the period from the late 60's through early 70's was jazz's equivalent of The Elizabethan Age--a short period of time where the milieu, the technology, the audience and the players all reached a level of acceptance and understanding that allowed jazz to flourish both artistically and commercially. Bebop was wonderful, but the audience was limited to a cultural avantegarde and the jazz that came after this record, although interesting, was never, I think, as confidentally experimental. Too bad.
But, again, the analogy with Elizabethan drama holds true: art movements come from nowhere or for no single clear reason and then when it seems that its just going to get better and better, its over.Read more ›
The music's brilliant and a bit unlike anything else. It's truly musical fusion (fusion of rock, jazz, and funk). The band's playing is top-notch and the musical concepts are ambitious. The overall effect of the music is, as one friend of mine says, similar to watching a fish tank full of flourescent, brightly-colored fish go through their paces. It's basically a real head trip and highly musical. Unfortunately Hancock disbanded Mwandishi subsequent to this recording and never reached for these heights again.
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It came in better condition than I anticipated. Plays flawlessly, Packed well and looks great. Arrived at a reasonable time. Would recommend.Published 4 months ago by Spencer
Would you believe I've been looking for this for years? No, not this album per se, but that sound. Ever since I heard Miles Davis' Bitches Brew I looked to see where I could find... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Future Past
Didn't enjoy the rest of the music selections here..and heard only one play off this CD on my vehicle radio..Sirius XM station. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Christine M. Dexter
A great and heady classic. The Herbie Sextet covers so much sonic ground..... Bennie Maupin on kazoo?! Buster on electric bass with fuzztone.... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Core
New to Jazz. Miles Davis was getting a little to smooth and relaxing. Sextant and Head Hunters are right in the pocket. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Briarrabbit2