Crossings (Herbie Hancock album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 1972[1]
RecordedFebruary 15–17, 1972
GenreAvant-garde jazz, jazz fusion
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerDavid Rubinson
Herbie Hancock chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings[4]

Crossings is the tenth album by jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, released in 1972. It is the second album in his Mwandishi period, which saw him experimenting in electronics and funk with a sextet featuring saxophonist Bennie Maupin, trumpeter Eddie Henderson, trombonist Julian Priester, bassist Buster Williams and drummer Billy Hart. The album is the band's first to feature synthesizer player Patrick Gleeson. He was scheduled to "set up his Moog for Hancock to play." However, Hancock was so impressed with Gleeson that he "asked Gleeson not only to do the overdubs on the album but join the group."[5]

Crossings, along with Fat Albert Rotunda and Mwandishi, was reissued in one set as Mwandishi: The Complete Warner Bros. Recordings in 1994 and as The Warner Bros. Years (1969-1972) in 2014.

Track listing[edit]

Original LP[edit]

Side A[edit]

  1. "Sleeping Giant" (Herbie Hancock) – 24:38

Side B[edit]

  1. "Quasar" (Bennie Maupin) – 7:27
  2. "Water Torture" (Maupin) – 14:04




External videos
video icon Herbie Hancock - Sleeping Giant
video icon Herbie Hancock - Water torture
  1. ^ Billboard May 27, 1972
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. U.S.: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 94. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  4. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 642. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  5. ^ Stuart Nicholson's notes for the 2001 Warner Bros. CD reissue.
  6. ^ Opperman, Derek (May 27, 2015). "Wearing A Really Different Fur: How Patrick Gleeson introduced the synthesizer to Herbie Hancock and changed jazz in the process". Red Bull Music Academy. Retrieved May 8, 2023.