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)
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