Sunday, September 10, 2006
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST song of the day
Song:Ostinato (Suite For Angela)
Album:Mwandishi:The Complete Warner Bros. Recordings
Herbie Hancock has been around so long and done so many different things that you have to cover his career in stages. Mwandishi (Herbie's African name) is a 2CD collection of Hancock's recordings with Warner Bros. after he left Miles Davis in the late 60s. Like Miles, Hancock was experimenting with what was to be called Fusion music. Ostinato is a jazz funk version of a Bela Bartok composition from 1970. The basic band includes Bennie Maupin on reeds, Julian Priester on trombone, Buster Williams on bass & Billy Hart on drums. Jose Chepito Areas from Santana & Leon "Ndugu" Chancler bring funky percussion and rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose sits in. Hancock uses a lot of the gadgets he loves. His Warners recordings are very good so you don't want to overlook them.