Crossings (Herbie Hancock album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedEnd of May 1972[1]
RecordedFebruary 15–17, 1972
StudioPacific Recording Studios, San Mateo; Different Fur Trading Company, San Francisco
GenreAvant-garde jazz, jazz fusion
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerDavid Rubinson
Herbie Hancock chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[3]

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. The album is the band's first to feature new member, synthesizer player Patrick Gleeson. He was scheduled to "set up his Moog synthesiser 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."[4]

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) – 24:50

Side B[edit]

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




  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. ^ Stuart Nicholson's notes for the 2001 Warner Bros. CD reissue.