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Mr. Hands (1980)
Herbie Hancock

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User Rating: 4 / 5 [ Add Your Rating ]

Name:  Galen Shostac
Rating:  4 / 5
Comments:  I must say, this is not the greatest record that Herbie ever made; However, if you listen to the Rhodes solo on the track entitled Shiftless Shuffle, you will cream in your pants...This track features the original Headhunters line - up, and boy do they get down! Listen to the interaction between Herbie Hancock and Harvey Mason - True telekinetic communication at it's finest. I was fortunate enough to meet Herbie, and when I told him that my favorite Rhodes solo that he ever recorded was on Shiftless Shuffle, his eyes lit up and he flashed a proud grin as he shook my hand profusely. He knows damn well how hot that solo is, and it really is a shame that this track wasn't featured on Headhunters, 'cuz then everyone would know about it ,and they would have something else to marvel at other then his work on Chameleon.

Name:  el cid <>
Rating:  4 / 5
Comments:  definitely a sleeper, definitely underrated. in addition to 'shiftless shuffle', "4 AM" is also an insanely baaad track. just listen to herbie, jaco, harvey mason, and bill summers lock it up and bounce off of each other (despite what y'all jaco-haters out there might think). the other pieces, tho heavily dated thanks to a good slathering of early-80s synth cheese, are pretty interesting if listened to in the right mindset. plus, you get to hear herbie, ron, and tony play with sheila e. (strange)

Name:  Brian Mulholland
Rating:  4 / 5
Comments:  In keeping with the other reviewers, I agree there is some dated-ness to this album (as many 70's albums with synth suffer from). However, the Rhodes work is what we're after here, and Herbie does not disappoint. "4 A.M." is definitely one of the most grooving, and "Shiftless Shuffle" is a must listen. The first song "Sprialing Prism" is very introspective feeling and relaxing - highly recommended!

Name:  Rob C
Rating:  5 / 5
The last track on this CD is a track from the Headhunters sessions , a real fast and funky one.
When jazz-musicians come to me with their Rhodes , to customize it , they often refer to the track with Jaco Pastorius as their favorite Herbie sound.
Some synth sounds sound a bit dated , but that is compensated by how musical things are composed I think.

Name:  Kevin Hurst, Sr.
Rating:  5 / 5
Comments:  4AM with Jaco Pastorius(bass) is just the opening Herbie patented Rhodes riff leading in to some great interplay. Synths play the melody but Herbie and Jaco kill it on his Rhodes solo! The synths come in a supporting role and also sound great.- kh