Alberta Hunter: My Handy Man Ain't Handy No More


My Handy Man Ain't Handy No More


Alberta Hunter (vocals)


Amtrak Blues (Columbia CK-36430)

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Alberta Hunter (vocals), Doc Cheatham (trumpet), Vic Dickenson (trombone), Frank Wess (tenor sax), Norris Turney (tenor sax), Billy Butler (guitar), Aaron Bell (bass),

Gerald Cook (piano, leader), Jackie Williams (drums)


Composed by Eubie Blake & Andy Razaf


Recorded: New York, 1978


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

Ain't it just like a woman? At the peak of her 1970s comeback, 83-year-old blues doyen Alberta Hunter catalogs the virtues of her hardworking handyman, who is, by Miss Hunter's account, as dedicated as he is versatile. Up before dawn, he slaves in the kitchen, making her breakfast and cleaning up after himself. Why, he's even an accomplished musician, stroking her fiddle to the octogenarian's delight. Best of all, he never utters a word. Who says you can't find good help nowadays? Yet what does Miss Hunter conclude? "My Handy Man Ain't Handy No More." We men can't win for losing!

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz


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