Herbie Hancock – Mr. Hands (1980/2008/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 39:58 minutes | 887 MB
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Mr. Hands was originally released in 1980 and is Herbie Hancock’s thirtieth album. It was one of the last albums on which Hancock played more “straight” electric jazz before moving on to focus more on R&B influences. The track “4 A.M.” features the late great bassist Jaco Pastorius.
Herbie Hancock’s lackluster string of electric albums around this period was enhanced by this one shining exception: an incorrigibly eclectic record that flits freely all over the spectrum. Using several different rhythm sections, Herbie Hancock is much more the imaginative hands-on player than at any time since the prime Headhunters period, overdubbing lots of parts from his ever-growing collection of keyboards. He has regained a good deal of his ability to ride in the groove. “Calypso” finds him playing synthesized steel drums and interacting with customary complexity and ebullience with V.S.O.P. mates Tony Williams and Ron Carter. Disco rears its head, but inventively this time on “Just Around the Corner,” and in league with Jaco Pastorius’ vibrating, interlacing bass, Hancock gets off some good, updated jazz-funk on “Spiraling Prism” and “4 AM.” There is even a reunion of the original Headhunters on a rhythmically tangled remake of “Shiftless Shuffle”; drummer Harvey Mason sounds like a rhythm machine gone bonkers. Easily the outstanding track — and one of Hancock’s most haunting meditations — is “Textures,” where he plays all of the instruments himself. This would be the last outcropping of electronic delicacy from Hancock for some time, and it was mostly — and unjustly — overlooked when it came out.
01 – Spiraling Prism
02 – Calypso
03 – Just Around the Corner
04 – 4 A.M.
05 – Shiftless Shuffle
06 – Textures
Recorded in 1980 at The Automatt (#1-2, 4, 6), (San Francisco); Filmways/Heider Recording (#5), (San Francisco); The Village Recorder (#3), (Los Angeles).
Herbie Hancock – synthesizer, piano, keyboards, vocals (through Vocoder),Clavinet, Minimoog, ARP 2600, Apple II, Linn drum synthesizer
Bennie Maupin – tenor sax (5)
Wah Wah Watson – guitar (3)
Byron Miller (1), Ron Carter (2), Freddie Washington (3), Jaco Pastorius (4),Paul Jackson (5) – bass
Leon Chancler (1), Tony Williams (2), Alphonse Mouzon (3), Harvey Mason(4-5) – drums
Bill Summers (1, 4-5), Sheila Escovedo (2-3) – percussion
Jaco Pastorius (4) – bass