Herbie Hancock
Crossings


4.5
superb

Review

by Tb1114 USER (9 Reviews)
February 17th, 2016 | 14 replies


Release Date: 1972 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Contemplative, mystical, and explorative: “Crossings” isn’t a funktopia like Hancock’s opus, but instead is a spiritual and jazzy journey.

Crossings demands your attention.

Tribal insanity - tribal marches - start “Sleeping Giants” off with a bang. Tribal marches laced with electronic sonic sounds. This track is the centerpiece of this album. Encapsulated within this song is all of “Crossings” themes, textures, attitudes, and intentions. Seemingly off-beat, rhythmic and rapid clanging coupled with gyrating improv keyboard play that just grooves. If there is any trace of funk on this album it is stored in “Sleeping Giants”. This over-twenty-minute-long song drives into a hastening competition between each band-mate to out-groove each other, and just when you think our star Herbie is winning this competition you are pulled back by a refrain built on solemn, aware, and present trumpeteering. Shades of intelligent melancholy resonate in this refrain and appears throughout this escapade. Sorrow, tribal pride, funky grooves - this song feels like a display-case for Hancock’s internal everything. There is no solitudinous direction… only glimpses of Hancock and co., akin to Malick’s “The Tree of Life”. The result is a range of atmospheres to contemplate... all of which are good.

The middle track, “Quasar” is a brief detour between the mystical odysseys. This detour is thrusted upon us by an U.F.O. whose desire is throwing us off our spiritual course with an inbred demi-god resembling Tchaikovsky and Adz’ (of Sufjan Stevens “Age of Adz”) jazzy lovechild. Probably the most realized and cohesive track on the album (which is not saying much), its appeal is in its other-worldly effects and creeping trumpet riffs (resembling Romeo and Juliet Overture). Despite its “cohesive”ness, the latter half of the song tapers into unjustified aimlessness.

“Water Torture”. Something this song is not. The overlaying refrain throughout this song is a blend of a cooled, almost noir-like, reflectiveness resembling the image of smoke-filled jazz clubs... Clubs whose occupants’ countenances gradually fade into godly, alien-like appearances - appearances hexed upon them by the continuous exploration of tones and continuous devolvement into the radical jazz-fusion of their - now revealed - extraterrestrial captors: Herbie Hancock and co. Part traditional jazz, part disassembled fusion, part sporadic acid-trips into futuristic VHS tapes of the higher power, “Water Torture” parallels its predecessor “Sleeping Giants” in structure and objective but is fresh and different enough not to lose the listener.

4.3 / 5 is just.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Tb1114
February 17th 2016


733 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is a high quality jazz album by a big name and I'm surprised nobody had reviewed it before now.

TheCrocodile
February 17th 2016


2925 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

don't be, jazz isn't really popular around here.

MrSirLordGentleman
February 17th 2016


15343 Comments


Yeah, cause Kind of Blue isn't one of the most praised albums in Sputnik

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
February 17th 2016


26046 Comments


one of his best for sure but sextant is still my favorite

TheCrocodile
February 18th 2016


2925 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Yeah, cause Kind of Blue isn't one of the most praised albums in Sputnik"



lmao Kind of Blue is a checklist album. 'roud about midnight doesn't even have 200 votes and it's from the same artist who's the most popular jazz artist of all time.



AnimalsAsSummit
February 18th 2016


6174 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is a terrific review. definitely one of my all time favorite jazz records - beautiful and otherworldy

Tb1114
February 19th 2016


733 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^ Thanks AAS, it is a beautiful album. Only few, if any, albums have touched me like this album has.

trve
September 17th 2016


1431 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sleeping giant is best hancock from what i listened so far, just magical

Tb1114
September 27th 2016


733 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^ Agreed. Best song he ever wrote (that I've heard so far)

Source
May 31st 2021


19917 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

best record by the herbster imo

Source
November 13th 2021


19917 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

same what a coincidence

ratcatbaby
September 7th 2022


135 Comments


seldom see this record listed as one of herbs best, his fusion albums are masterpieces. prefer them to bitches brew

Source
September 9th 2022


19917 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

prefer bitches brew but yeah this is money

evilford
September 9th 2022


64381 Comments


John Hancock..

It's HERBIE Hancock...



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