“You’ll Know When You Get There: Herbie Hancock and the Mwandishi Band” is now scheduled for release in July 2012 by University of Chicago Press. Editing work is wrapping up, as the production process unfolds. My next work on this will be the creation of an index, a few months down the road, after layout and design is complete.
Meanwhile, I have begun preliminary work on another, related writing project. Untitled so far, it will be set in 1970-71, overlapping the Mwandishi period. I am interested in looking at this time period more broadly as a transitional moment in the development of new musical possibilities. Among the topics I am working on are the band Circle (Anthony Braxton, Chick Corea, Dave Holland and Barry Altschul), Wayne Shorter’s immediately pre- and early Weather Report period, the second touring incarnation of King Crimson in the UK (Islands), Morton Subotnick’s works for the Buchla system following his departure from NYC for CalArts, and the growth of NYC new music and free jazz venues (something I have been working on, in it’s 1967-1971 stages for a while). And of course how Mwandishi fits into all this. So, it’s back to interesting interviews and listening.. Stay tuned in!