Herbie Hancock
Mr Hands


3.5
great

Review

by Tucker Best USER (6 Reviews)
January 4th, 2013 | 16 replies | 1,514 views


Release Date: 1980 | Tracklist


6 of 7 thought this review was well written

Released in 1980, Herbie Hancock's thirtieth record, 'Mr. Hands.' will caress you. 'Mr. Hands' is proof that music has the power to smother you with awesome waves of serenity. Featuring the original line up of The Headhunters on the album's opener 'Spiraling Prism' and Jaco Pastorius on the astonishing '4:00am', Herbie Hancock illustrates that he still has the ability to mix it up, so to speak. Containing the ingredients of Latin, Electronic, R&B and Calypso, Herbie cooks up a feast of tranquility that is delightful on the ears. While being much different to the faster paced fusion records such as 'Headhunters', 'Thrust' and the more funk orientated 'Man-Child', 'Mr Hands' reminds us that Herbie still has the odd gem in his locker without sticking to a certain formula.

This is by far one of the most impressive records I have heard when it comes to being lulled into relaxation, the bass flutters along gently, sliding smoothly then stopping and the keys are delicately tickled with great results. The funk is also here in places as well, 'Spiraling Prism' breaks into a lush section after a beautifully crafted intro and really gets you moving your feet.

The albums master piece is definitely '4:00am', Jaco is in his element on this track, busting out some immense licks which are full of raw emotion, think Victor Wooton style jamming, and the rest of the music is really unique. What gets me is the slow build-up at the beginning, whic last about 12 seconds, or so, it outlines the sheer talent of all the musicians involved. As for the rest of the album, it ticks over nicely, it's nothing tremendous, but it's good enough. The calypso jamming on the aptly titled 'Calypso' is interesting to say the least, again featuring phenomenal bass work (this is a must have album for anyone interested in the instrument) and well built melodies. The all synthesizer track 'Textures' is also a strong listen, but I can't help but feeling that it's on here just to showcase Hancock's talents, but then again, if you've got it, flaunt it.

The one problem, which really keeps this album from being anything other than great, is that it hasn't aged well. Being the first Herbie Hancock record to feature a computer, you can tell that certain sounds are dated and some of the sound effects definitely sound 80s, like they belong in Back to the Future, or something. The use of the synthesizer can also grow to be cheesy, which is unfortunate, because the compositions really are something to be desired.


So grab your smoking jacket, pipe and your slippers, sit back and just chill.



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ButteryBiscuitBass
January 4th 2013



9874 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not a great review, just wanted this record to get more attention. Let me know if you dig the album.

Propose
January 4th 2013



808 Comments


the grammar here is whacked, and that first paragraph is really hard to read. Props for reviewing Herbie though.

ButteryBiscuitBass
January 4th 2013



9874 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah was rushed man.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
January 4th 2013



4400 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Well, alright. Nice to see Jazz on the front page, especially an HH album. This is a pretty good album, though Herbie definitely has much better releases than this.

POS'd.

Digging: Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty

ButtsweatAndTears
January 4th 2013



340 Comments


Awful to think that the person who made this would go on to make future2future

Jethro42
January 4th 2013



12381 Comments


Cool to see an HH review

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
January 5th 2013



15862 Comments


not heard this one, nice review tho

Digging: Nemrud - Journey of the Shaman

ButteryBiscuitBass
January 5th 2013



9874 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Get your chops around it menawati. You won't be disappointed.

GiaNXGX
January 14th 2013



4867 Comments


goona watsshh Herbie playin tonight, this jazz festival omg

ButteryBiscuitBass
January 15th 2013



9874 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

How was it?!?!?!

boleyn2
January 23rd 2013



83 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i liked your review although this album doesnt count among my favourites in herbie's discography; the reason is what you've noticed: due to extensive use of computers this release hasn't aged well, it just sounds anachronistic; anyway, thanks for reviewinh herbie; pos'd

Decayingmajesty
August 28th 2013



5394 Comments


I shall have to hear this. Brought headhunters the other day.

ButteryBiscuitBass
August 28th 2013



9874 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh man cheers for bumping this awful review I wrote

This is amazing though man, so laid back.

Decayingmajesty
August 28th 2013



5394 Comments


No probs dude. Yeah I'm really digging jazz at the moment. Especially john Coltrane- a love supreme.

ButteryBiscuitBass
August 28th 2013



9874 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yes! Good stuff - keep on digging.

GiaNXGX
August 28th 2013



4867 Comments


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