Ok, so 6+5+8….I guess that makes it funk in 19/8….no big deal for Herbie Hancock and his “Mwandishi-era” group. Sextant is a dense, funky, and decidedly electronic record that was the last for this group and immediately preceded the very successful Headhunters album and group, which debuted in fall 1973. Although I’m a big fan of the”Headhunters” band, it’s been great to dig into the “Mwandishi” stuff. It mixes jazz, rock, and funk in a way that reminds me of Bitches Brew and In A Silent Way, but developed beyond that and embraces even more electronic influence. Compared to Headhunters it’s far less commercial and challenging at times, but I find it to be very compelling music.
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