Bob Gluck is a sane man. He’s in the processing of writing a book about a worthy and unexplored subject, what he calls Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi Band. Hancock made a series of recordings, from his last Blue Note record, The Prisoner , through a stint at Warner Brothers (that included writing the music for the “Fat Albert” cartoons), through a long stretch at Columbia that eventually devolved into the packaged commercial music of Future Shock. The start of the Columbia years was fabulous, though, not only producing the masterpiece of funk culture that is Headhunters , but Sextant (not my favorite, but highly regarded), and the subtly superb Thrust and Man-Child . The music is technically sophisticated, structurally abstract and totally funky, something along the lines of the highest achievement in popular art. You can follow Bob’s thoughts at his blog before the book actually comes out, and here’s a hope that he will put some of his transcriptions in print, for those of use to, uh, lazy to do our own. Good luck, Bob! (h/t Patrick Jarenwattananon).