Herbie moved to Columbia Records in mid-1973, and recorded Sextant, which turned out to be his last album with the Mwandishi band (although the band continued to record “ad hoc” for others into 1974). This recording (and subsequent tour) became a major turning point in Herbie’s career. Low sales of Sextant, the financial drain of the Septet, and a fateful gig opposite the Pointer Sisters caused Herbie to re-think his musical goals. He disbanded the Mwandishi group and moved to Los Angeles. He (and Bennie Maupin) teamed up with Harvey Mason, Paul Jackson and Bill Summers to create what would become the Head Hunters album. By the spring of 1974, the radio single “Chameleon” became a hit and launched Herbie into a new world.