Hey Herbie's popular on Babble these days
Posted by Pugeye on March 16, 2018, 9:14 am, in reply to "Re: What's spinning?"
My opinion of the Mwandishi trilogy isn't as high as yours but I do think they're great and underrated/overlooked albums. When I was first getting into Herbie I started with "Headhunters" and "Thrust" and then did "Maiden Voyage" and a few of the albums that preceded it before checking out any Mwandishi and I feel like that's pretty common, though I guess "Sextant" has become something of a cult favorite in recent years. It's the one I hear people raving about the most, whereas back in the day, people were all about "Headhunters" and "Maiden Voyage". "Sextant"'s his weirdest, most radical album so this makes sense- it's "cooler" than the those other 2 which are super accessible, good examples of jazz albums people who don't "get" jazz can dig. "Sextant" is something else. Listened to it not that long and it still strikes me as a bit too repetitive and ugly at times ("Crossings" was always my favorite of the trilogy) but still a great album. Feels like the closest he ever got to Miles's electric stuff, which is a double edged sword because it can't help but suffer by comparison a bit (Miles was arguably way better at the repetitive groove thing than Herbie ever was).