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Mr Hands [Import]

Herbie Hancock, Herbie Hancock / Michael Brecker / Roy HargroveAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 11, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Bmg Europe
  • ASIN: B0000087S9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,504 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Spiraling Prism
2. Calypso
3. Just Around The Corner
4. 4 AM
5. Shiftless Shuffle
6. Textures

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This is a 1980 funky delight by Hancock, featuring players such as: Jaco Pastorius (bass), Sheila E. (percussion), Ron Carter (bass) and Bernie Maupin (tenor sax). Herbie plays all the recorded sounds on the track 'Textures'.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless October 6, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I first heard the song "Spiraling Prism" when I was 15 years old. I never knew the name of the song but everytime I went into a music store I would do my best to describe it. Of course no one ever knew what the Sam Hill I was talking about! In my twenties, driving home from work, I heard the song on our local jazz station. I immediately called and asked what the song was and the DJ told me, what I thought was, "Sparkling Prism." So, for the next several years, everytime I went into my favorite record store (Record Theater in Dewitt, NY - very sadly, now defunct) I would search every Herbie Hancock album, cassette, cd but sadly nothing. UNTIL, one of my afternoon music fix shopping sprees, I look through a rack of $3.99 cassettes and picked up an unfamiliar Herbie Hancock cassette. When I turned it over, the very first song was Spiraling Prism! I could barely contain myself!! I was 36 when I finally found Mr. Hands. I played nothing but Spiraling Prism in my car for a solid week! I'm 42 now, and that one song still gives me goosebumps! Enjoy this album!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MR. HANDS DOES IT AGAIN October 28, 2007
Format:Audio CD
It may not be the majestic spaced out funk of "Headhunters" and "Thrust", but "Mr. Hands" is Herbie's last artistic gasp during the classic fusion era of the 70's. This album has a more laid back smooth jazz vibe, but its far from watered down. Adding a touch of brazilian flavor into his Jazz Funk, Herbie was able to deepen the template he helped pioneered several years back. Since Herbie does chase down every jazz trend of the moment(circa 1979), Mr. Hands sound like a period piece at times but, Herbie is able to employ enough inventive dynamics within the compositions to keep it from sounding too dated.

"Spiraling Prism" opens the album lovely with a smooth strak bassline that makes you feel like you're swimming in a ocean and the coolness of the water washes you away with it's liqiud flow. "Calypso" is exactly what the tile indicates. It's latin styled jazz number with Tony Willams pounding the skins as if he's spreading fire with a blow torch and he's committing first degree arson because his playing is that relentless. "Just Around the Corner" is nice piece of funky disco jazz. Eventhough the synth touches can become a little bit annoying, the steady bassline makes it a standout on the album. "4 AM" has a bassline that gives the track a nocturnal feel. Picture how the early mourning looks outside when it begins to light up and you'll get a accurate description of the type of vibe "4 AM" carries. "Shiftless Shuffle" is the most unique track on the album as a turbulent drum beat is set to a fast and funky bassline that sounds like a off beat blend that becomes a interesting experiemental track by accident. Herbie pulls out the stops with his solo performance. "Textures" is the track that steals the show. It sounds like Herbie is painting picutres for the mind.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fusion a la carte March 27, 2009
Format:MP3 Music
God bless Mr. Hands for making music like this. It's at the same time funky, sleek, jazzy and sophisticated, filled to the brim with warmth, spaciousness and light. Really makes you want to fly! To get the most juice out of this delicious concoction, one should be well-primed in 70's style jazz/funk and fusion, because this is where this stuff is coming from, despite it's relatively late appearance on the scene. That has a lot to do with the fact that it's one of the most overlooked fusion albums. this was the time when old school funk and disco were going out of style, to be replaced by electronic funk and dance music, and fusion by smooth jazz. One of the last of it's kind, this album is a must own for any fusion or jazz/funk fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Hands Making Great Art January 24, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Herbie Hancock is one of my favorite jazz musicians. Not going to deny that. I honestly haven't heard anything of his yet that qualifies as even fair. His weakest efforts are usually good. That says a lot. Now especially in the period between the end of the disco era and the "Rockit" years a lot of his albums got burried for this reason or that. And this is one of them. It has an eye catching,avant garde collage type cover art. And it actually describes the music very well. Even though it made some very unexpected music turns Monster is basically a hook filled sophistifunk album. And this isn't. Taken as a whole I don't know if it represents anything. None of the songs here sound particularly alike. But everything on it defines itself by being very chancy. And even falling back just a little on a sound that worked well on many levels.

Though not fully so in some ways this is one of his few 80's album that came closest what the Headhunters would've sounde like by this particular point. In face the smooth groove "Spiraling Prism" and "4 AM" would not have been too out of place during the 'Man-Child' period. "Shiftless Shuffle",with it's mixture of hard driving afro latin rhythms and soloing evokes Herbie's earliest pop jazz/funk excursions circa 1973. Only appropriate since Harvey Mason and Bill Summers reunite with him to play on these tracks. However for serious,chunky and bass heavy funk "Just Around The Corner" picks up where the previous album left off. And is a strong number from the funk standpoint here. "Calypso" finds Herbie back with old Quartet members Ron Carter and Tony Willians for a Carribbean flavored acoustic number,complete with percussion from a young Sheila E.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One new Hancock! It's worth of listening!
Hello Mr. Hancock,
"You have made a very good job with this CD item! i love it". I think that he'll never repeat such a good master-piece! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Foxy
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome LP
A great friend of mine turned me on to this LP, and now it's on heavy rotation. A very welcomed addition to the collection.
Published 10 months ago by tamojr
4.0 out of 5 stars Several top-notch synth funk Hancock tunes
As a few have noted, this album is not considered to be one of Herbie's best. Given the many fantastic albums he has produced throughout his career, some would have to be less good... Read more
Published 19 months ago by John Palmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 5 Star Studded CD
Case in Point: 1.First selection-Spiraling Prism alone is justification of the purchase. 2. Second selection-Calypso is a classic jazz joint remindering you of the typical club... Read more
Published 20 months ago by William
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad album.
Herbie Hancock laid it down once again on this solid recording. The tracks on here are quite melodic and funky as well. Read more
Published on October 3, 2007 by Eric Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars !!its 4A.M. JACO PASTORIOUS TIME (YA dig)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Published on November 9, 2004 by michael starks
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
One of my favorite Herbie albums. The highlight is definitely Jaco's bass playing on 4 AM. What a rhythm section! Herbie, Jaco, and Harvey Mason on the same track!
Published on June 5, 2004 by Tall Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Intruiging!
A clishe' yes but thats the only word I can think of to describe "Mr.Hands".A collection of somewhat electric Brazillain
flavored fusion (of so fasionable at the... Read more
Published on September 25, 2003 by Andre' S Grindle
5.0 out of 5 stars When I first heard this album I had to have it
My friend had the CD in LP form. When I bought it was in 8 track form. I left it in the car and it melted. To me this is one of the best albums he has ever recorded. Read more
Published on May 27, 1998
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