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Mwandishi by Herbie Hancock
Released: Mar 1971
Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
Mwandishi is awesome, the perfect soundtrack for a night of meteor showers filling the sky with ephemeral patterns, ghostly streaks and shimmering stains. Stylistically, the record picked up where Miles Davis' In a Silent Way left off. The electric ensemble Herbie Hancock assembled for these pivotal recordings incorporates elements of rock and funk while exploring a kind of proto-ambient sonic hypnotism. Though this is Hancock's initial journey into the cosmic sublime as a band leader, his ability to fuse acoustic instrumentation with synthesizer-based sounds is already highly evolved.
Justin Farrar
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