Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Herbie Hancock - 1972-10-08, Baker's Keyboard Lounge, Detroit, MI

Picking up where I left off...
Baker's Keyboard Lounge advertises itself as the world's oldest jazz club, and hey maybe it is! I don't know. I do know that in 1972, they hosted Herbie Hancock and his Mwandishi band for a gig and part of it's come down to me in today's share.

This one sort of picks up where the last one faded out: with "Sleeping Giant," and lots of hand percussion. From there, they work up a nice groove and Herbie has a nice solo on Pt. 2, and the rest of the band gets some time to shine. Things fade out with some spacy synth playing, which I assume is Hancock (did Patrick Gleeson tour with them?).

Someone left me a comment (thanks again!) comparing it the Art Ensemble of Chicago and that's a very good insight. I hadn't thought of it like that, but yeah, I totally see the connection now. In terms of out-there-ness, parts are not super far removed from some of the Grateful Dead's more weird jams, either. All in all, it's a pretty fascinating show. I assume they played more (although at about an hour, maybe not), and maybe it'll turn up some day!

3 comments:

M. Milner said...

Herbie '72 https://www26.zippyshare.com/v/RoNlbm3c/file.html

Nick said...

Nice kick you're on here! This band was incredible. There's a very good book on this Mwandishi period, You'll Know When You Get There by Bob Gluck (2012). It says Gleeson joined the live band in May 1972, and that the AACM was definitely an influence on the group, moreso on some of the bandmembers than directly on Hancock himself. But they were all listening to all kinds of avant-garde jazz and European music, so it was all in the mix.

M. Milner said...

Thanks for the comment, Nick. I'm not familiar with that book, so I'll have to track down a copy. I guess Gleeson was on hand for this show, then, and that's him making the out-there sounds! And yeah, like I said, I didn't make the AACM connection, but once someone pointed it out, I was like "oh yeah, how did I miss this!"