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|Studio album by Herbie Hancock|
|Released||March 30, 1973|
Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco
Different Fur Studios, San Francisco
|Genre||Avant-garde jazz, jazz fusion|
|Herbie Hancock chronology|
|Rolling Stone 1998|||
|Rolling Stone 2004|||
|Penguin Guide to Jazz|||
|The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide|||
About the Album
Released in March 30, 1973 but recorded in 1972, Sextant was Herbie Hancock's first album on Columbia Records. It was a complex, harmonically and rhythmically challenging musical statement. Hancock was no stranger to electronic music, having used synthesisers extensively during his short time with Warner Bros. Records, but Sextant took his sound to a new level.
While a select few praised his new approach, Hancock alienated the bulk of his audience, who found his sound extremely inaccessible. Made up of just three tracks, the funkier elements of tracks such as "Hornets", also point toward the commercial success he would enjoy in the 80s with Future Shock and Sound-System, among others.
Hancock's first recording on Columbia would be his last recording with his Mwandishi-era group, with Sextant's poor album sales influencing his move into more mainstream music with Head Hunters.
All songs by Herbie Hancock
- MWANDISHI (Herbie Hancock) - piano, Fender Rhodes, Hohner D6 Clavinet, mellotron, ARP 2600, ARP Pro Soloist, Moog
- MWILE (Bennie Maupin) - soprano Sax, bass clarinet, piccolo, afuche, Hum-A-Zoo
- MGANGA (Dr. Eddie Henderson) - trumpet, flugelhorn
- PEPO (Julian Priester) - bass trombone, tenor trombone, alto trombone, cowbell
- MCHEZAJI (Buster Williams) - electric bass, acoustic bass
- JABALI (Billy Hart) - drums
- Dr. Patrick Gleeson - ARP 2600, ARP Pro Soloist
- Buck Clarke - percussion
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