Herbie Hancock – Sextant

29 Jan

CB061 Herbie Hancock - Sextant front


Sourced from a Q8 and provided by member joeerand. This was Herbie Hancock’s 11th album and his 1st on Columbia records. Released on March 30, 1973 and recorded at Wally Heider Studios and Different Fur Studios during 1972. Both located in San Francisco. Enjoy CB


Release: CB061

Source: Q8



11 Responses to “Herbie Hancock – Sextant”

  1. John March 19, 2016 at 17:20 #

    Wow – I’d only ever heard early Herbie before! What a shift… The mix is quad-fantastic! And the music is quite challenging – but with lovely pieces of coherence emerging from the stew. Not quite as crisp sounding as e.g. the quad Bitches Brew, but very engrossing and satisfying in surround. These early quads were very adventurous, and all the better for it! Thanks for the share!

  2. joeerand February 21, 2016 at 19:11 #

    Excellent, excellent transfer, Captain! It is pretty wild for a jazz album, no wonder the purists were angry with the direction of fusion. It’s a million miles away from Herbie’s classic Blue Note albums. A funny thing on the quad mix that I don’t think I’ve heard elsewhere…on track three the drummer’s busy bass drum is in the front of the mix, and the cymbals are in the rear. It’s like he’s playing while lying down! But it works musically very well. Would anybody mix it that way today? I don’t think so. You tend to be more adventurous with a new format.

  3. nduyanyu February 9, 2016 at 20:07 #

    The amazing thing about this band was that they also performed live in quad using a JBL system similar to the one used by Pink Floyd. Heard them a few times live during this period and it was amazing. I love this album.

  4. Owen Smith February 7, 2016 at 15:29 #

    Some of this is great musically, some of it is too much for me and is just noise. The quad mix is nearly as adventurous as the music, but you don’t notice because the music is just so out there. As others have commented the sound quality is really excellent for a Q8, the only thing I’ve noticed is a bit of tape hiss between tracks but frankly I’ve heard Q4s and occasional LPs with as much (it can be master tape hiss). A great release Captain, if a bit challenging.

  5. gorencescrlj January 31, 2016 at 22:55 #

    Thanks a lot for putting this one up. Really appreciate it. Its a cool album, especially after having just read Herbie Hancock’s autobiography.

  6. bigheadrascal January 30, 2016 at 05:36 #

    First time hearing this one. Artistically it’s way out there. Very experimental for its time. Makes “Headhunters” sound like a child’s nursery rhyme. What mostly amazes me is the audio quality. Hard to believe it’s derived from a Q8. Thanks CB and OD!

    • captainbeyond55 February 1, 2016 at 23:36 #

      Thanks, it is amazing what some of these Dolby Q8’s are capable of.

  7. Highlander January 29, 2016 at 14:13 #

    This is one of my favorite Hancock recordings, thanks for posting this OD. Herbie really explored the sonic capabilities of his early synths on this release and took chances that really payed off. It’s not so much a jazz record, rather an experiment in sound and textures with interesting rhythms. Appreciate your efforts CB! 🙂

  8. krompac January 29, 2016 at 12:35 #

    Thank you, this is my favorite quad Hancock album and the third version of the quad to the collection.

  9. gleeksmirt7 January 29, 2016 at 03:50 #

    This looks interesting. Thanks Captain! 🙂

  10. lupineassassin January 29, 2016 at 00:42 #

    Thanks! 😀

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