Herbie Hancock: 4 a.m.

Track

4 a.m.

Artist

Herbie Hancock (synthesizers, Fender Rhodes)

CD

Mr Hands (Columbia)

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Musicians:

Herbie Hancock (synthesizers, Fender Rhodes), Jaco Pastorius (electric bass), Harvey Mason (drums).

Composed by Herbie Hancock

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Recorded: 1980

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Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

The 1980s proved to be a very interesting time for Jaco Pastorius. Although it proved to be the last decade of his short life, he still managed to record and made memorable appearances on other musicians' albums. Herbie Hancock's "4 a.m." is a gem featured on his 1980s album Mr. Hands. Hancock and Pastorius lock in like they've been playing for years, well I guess they had technically, but it would have been nice to hear more of this group. The song opens up with a little vamp, introduction section before Hancock introduces the melody on the synthesizer. This song has some nice harmonic variations as well. Pastorius and Harvey Mason also lock in well with each other. There's a nice B section on the song where Jaco plays his chorus-driven bass lightly and with a lot of feeling before Hancock takes it to the laundry mat with his solo. Mr. Hands, goes certain places musically that have me scratching my head but "4 a.m." is the exception. A+.

Reviewer: Jared Pauley

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