The image of '60s bop pianist turned '70s funkster Herbie Hancock (six-inch afro and all) bent over his space-age synth is as legendary for today's electronic musicians as that of the duckwalking Chuck Berry is for '60s rock 'n' rollers. While jazz purists often deride Hancock's use of the Fender Rhodes and the electric bass, the sweeping spacescapes of 1973's obscure masterpiece SEXTANT have had a huge influence on practitioners of so-called "armchair techno," from post-rockers Tortoise to drum 'n' bass visionaries Squarepusher and 4 Hero. The album starts with the jazz-rock fusion Hancock helped invent on Miles Davis's IN A SILENT AWAY and boldly goes where no jazz has gone before. This music blips, bops, bleets, and blurts with compu-funk sounds that suggest Mr. and Ms. Pac-Man doing the nasty on Venus. The opener, "Rain Dance," is a curdling freeform workout; the funky second cut, "Hidden Shadows," is like Shaft doing a cameo on "The X-Files"; and the haunting final cut, "Hornets" (featuring Dr. Eddie Henderson's ranging trumpet), is pure astral boogie. Put plainly, this is one of the most adventurous records ever made.
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Performance CreditsHerbie Hancock Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,Clavinet,Hand Clapping,Mellotron,fender rhodes,Fuzz-wah
Billy Hart Percussion,Drums
Bennie Maupin Percussion,Bass Clarinet,Piccolo,Soprano Saxophone,Wind,nose flute,Afuche
Julian Priester Trombone,Bass Trombone,Alto Trombone,Tenor Trombone,cowbell
Eddie Henderson Percussion,Trumpet
Scott Beach Vocals
Buck Clarke Bongos,Conga
Victor Domagalski Vocals
Patrick Gleeson Synthesizer
Delta Horne Vocals
Candy Love Vocals
Victor Pontoja Conductor
Sandra Stevens Vocals
Buster Williams Bass,Percussion,Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass,wah wah guitar,Fuzz Bass,Wah Wah Bass
Technical CreditsBob Belden Producer,Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Herbie Hancock Echoplex
Fred Catero Engineer
David Rubinson Producer,Remixing
Jeremy Zatkin Engineer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Randall Martin Reissue Design
John Vieira Engineer
Rob Springett Paintings,Cover Painting
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Sextant based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Avant/Funk/Jazz, an obscure but awsome combination.
Eclectic, haunting, groovy, and vibed out at the same time. A true classic.
Herbie Hancock is searching for a view, a point of view that he has pointed at before but has never quite reached. This cd allows the listener a glimpse of Herbie "searching". It's worth the ride. funky and modal this one simmers just fine. Thank you very much!!!