|Studio album by|
|Released||30 March 1973|
|Studio||Wally Heider, San Francisco, Different Fur Studios, San Francisco|
|Herbie Hancock chronology|
|Rolling Stone 1998|||
|Rolling Stone 2004|||
|Penguin Guide to Jazz|||
|The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide|||
Released on 30 March 1973, Sextant was Herbie Hancock's first album on Columbia Records, and the last with his Mwandishi-era group. The album showcased Hancock's early adoption of synthesizers and electronic effects.
Upon release, the record was considered to be a commercial flop.
AllMusic called the album a "gem" which features "a kind of post-modal, free impressionism while gracing the edges of funk." Rolling Stone wrote that, "taking his cue from [Miles] Davis' swirling, anarchic Bitches Brew and On the Corner, Hancock went even further into outer space [...] much of Sextant, with its twittering, burbling effects, amounts to a primitive version of Nineties ambient music." The album was called an "uncompromising avant-funk masterpiece" by Paste Magazine.
All songs by Herbie Hancock
- Mwandishi (Herbie Hancock) – piano, Fender Rhodes, clavinet, Mellotron, ARP 2600, ARP Pro Soloist, Moog synthesizer
- Mwile (Bennie Maupin) – soprano saxophone, bass clarinet, piccolo, afuche
- Mganga (Eddie Henderson) – trumpet, flugelhorn
- Pepo (Julian Priester) – bass trombone, tenor trombone, alto trombone, cowbell
- Mchezaji (Buster Williams) – bass guitar, double bass
- Jabali (Billy Hart) – drums
- Patrick Gleeson – ARP 2600, ARP Pro Soloist
- Buck Clarke – percussion
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