Early book reviews… Down Beat…
The first reviews of “You’ll Know When You Get There: Herbie Hancock and the Mwandishi Band” have begun coming out.
Here’s an excerpt of what Jon Ross writes (“Hancock’s Mwandishi Identity”) in the October 2012 issue of Down Beat:
“In You’ll Know When You Get There, Bob Gluck takes a fascinating look at the development of a musical identity. The book is ostensibly about pianist Herbie Hancock and his sextet’s Mwandishi period—a free-jazz, electronics-heavy evolution of the hard-bop group he formed in 1968—but it really uses Hancock’s story to show how musicians adapt to changing technology, new musical ideas and greater cultural identities. At its core, the book is a study about how an artist accumulates a sound and the experiences that shape his musical views…. Perhaps, with this excellent primer, more listeners will start to unearth the joys found in Mwandishi’s three recordings.”
Pianist George Colligan, who plays periodically with former Mwandishi band members and has an ongoing music blog, “Jazz Truth,” writes in his August 26, 2012 entry (again, this is an excerpt):
“I think fans or those who are curious about the deeper history of Jazz Fusion and Herbie Hancock will get a kick out of this book… I highly recommend this book and kudos to Gluck for his thorough research, and for finally talking about this somewhat forgotten period in jazz history.” (to see the full article: http://jazztruth.blogspot.com/2012/08/youll-know-when-you-get-there-herbie.html)
The British periodical “The Wire” will be reviewing the book in its November issue. No doubt there will be others as well.