June 12, 2019 Playlist

"Crossings" by Herbie Hancock (1972)
Herbie Hancock "Crossings"  1972 (USA)
Herbie Hancock was one of the most popular and important figures in 20th century jazz music, and has done alright in the 21st century too (7 Grammy Awards since the year 2000, including "album of the year" in 2007 for a record of all Joni Mitchell tunes). His career took off in the 1960's when he played piano for Miles Davis' "second great qunitet", and he continued to be at the forefront of jazz when he moved over to electric keyboards as Miles went in a fusion direction at the turn of the 1970's. Though Herbie had been making albums on his own as a bandleader throughout his time with Miles, he departed the master's group around 1971 to concentrate on his own group called the Mwandishi band, whom I would argue was the second greatest fusion band after Miles. Mwandisihi recorded three albums 1971-1973, of which this was the second. The final entry in the trilogy is my favorite Herbie album, but his popularity only continued to increase with his next album, Head Hunters, one of the best selling jazz albums of all time. By the 1980's he had taken the electronic thing all the way into electrofunk hiphop territory, when he won his first Grammy Award for "Rockit" in 1983.
(N) = New Release
Artist Song Album Year Country
It's A Beautiful DayWasted Union BluesIt's A Beautiful Day1969USA
Sonny & The Sunsets Ghost DaysHairdressers From Heaven (N)2019 (Rocks In Your Head)USA
Black Mountain Horns ArisingDestroyer (N)2019 (Jagjaguwar)Canada
88Kasyo Junrei ("88-point Pilgrimage")Reikai Nu Bo Bo (sic - untranslatable?)(circle, triangle, square)2012Japan
BABYMETAL Elevator Girlsingle (N)2019 (Toy's Factory)Japan
Dempagumi.incSabotage (The Beastie Boys)World Wide Dempa2013Japan
Clinic CongratulationsWheeltappers And Shunters (N)2019 (Domino)UK
Flying Lotus TakashiFlamagra (N)2019 (Warp)USA
Fat White Family Fringe RunnerSerf's Up! (N)2019 (Domino)UK
Stephen Malkmus Love The DoorGroove Denied (N)2019 (Matador)USA
Spiral Stairs FingerprintzWe Wanna Be Hyp-No-tized (N)2018 (Nine Mile/Coolin By Sound)USA
The Red Button Behind A RainbowB-side single (N)2019 (JEM)USA
The Mystery Lights Thick Skin
   / Too Much Tension!
Too Much Tension! (N)2019 (Daptone)USA
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard This ThingFishing For Fishies (N)2019 (ATO)Australia
Wand Lucky's SightLaughing Matter(N)2019 (Drag City)USA
Steve Earle & The Dukes Out In The Parking LotGuy (N)2019 (New West)USA
Meat Puppets The Great AwakeningDusty Notes (N)2019 (Megaforce)USA
Chris Forsyth Dream Song
  / The Past Ain't Passed
All Time Present (N)2019 (No Quarter)USA
sunn O))) Between Sleipnir's BreathsLife Metal (N)2019 (Southern Lord)USA
The Budos Band Spider Web, part 1V (N)2019 (Daptone)USA
Snarky Puppy XaviImmigrance (N)2019 (GroundUP)USA
Herbie HancockSleeping GiantCrossings
Herbie HancockCantaloupe IslandEmpyrean Isles1964USA
Herbie HancockRockitFuture Shock1983USA
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