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 and funk. 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.


A reviewer of Dusty Groove commented "Herbie Hancock further expands his cosmic vision in this groundbreaking album of free-flowing fusiony tracks – a record that really steps up his range of keyboards, mixing in both acoustic and electric pianos, mellotron, and even a bit of spacey moog from the legendary Patrick Gleeson! The whole thing is wonderful – very open and flowing, and even more organic than Hancock's later work on Columbia – especially given the length of the tracks on the set".[5]

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.
  5. ^ "Herbie Hancock : Crossings (LP, Vinyl record album)". Dusty Groove. Retrieved 16 December 2019.