Hand On the Torch

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Hand on the Torch
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Studio album by Us3
Released November 16, 1993[1]
Genre Jazz rap, alternative hip hop
Length 54:49
Label Blue Note
Producer Mel Simpson, Geoff Wilkinson
Us3 chronology
Hand on the Torch
Broadway & 52nd
(1997)Broadway & 52nd1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[2]

Hand on the Torch is the debut album by the jazz-rap group Us3. It received much attention because of its mix of jazz and rap, using live jazz musicians. All samples used on the album are from old Blue Note classics: the most famous being Herbie Hancock's "Cantaloupe Island", used on the track "Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)", which was recorded with two different music videos.

In 2003, The Ultimate Hand on the Torch was released, including many of the songs used as sampling material on Hand on the Torch.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)" (Kelly/Simpson/Wilkinson/Hancock)
  2. "I Got It Goin' On" (Powell/Kelly/Simpson/Wilkinson/Wilson)
  3. "Different Rhythms Different People" (Simpson/Wilkinson)
  4. "It's Like That" (Powell/Simpson/Wilkinson/Parker/Rollins)
  5. "Just Another Brother" (Powell/Simpson/Wilkinson/Hubbard)
  6. "Cruisin'" (Kelly/Simpson/Wilkinson)
  7. "I Go to Work" (Powell/Simpson/Wilkinson/Monk)
  8. "Tukka Yoot's Riddim" (Taylor/Simpson/Wilkinson/Covay/Cropper)
  9. "Knowledge of Self" (Kelly/Simpson/Wilkinson)
  10. "Lazy Day" (Powell/Simpson/Wilkinson/Sample)
  11. "Eleven Long Years" (Taylor/Simpson/Wilkinson/Silver/Hancock)
  12. "Make Tracks" (Powell/Simpson/Wilkinson/Silver/Pearson)
  13. "The Darkside" (Kelly/Simpson/Wilkinson/Mizell)


Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) features samples from "Cantaloupe Island" as performed by Herbie Hancock, and the introduction by Pee Wee Marquette from "A Night in Birdland, Vol. 1" by Art Blakey Quintet.

I Got It Goin' On features a sample from "Ronnie's Bonnie" as performed by Reuben Wilson.

Different Rhythms Different People features vocal samples from "Art Blakey's Comment On Ritual" and "At The Cafe Bohemia, Vol. 2" by The Jazz Messengers.

It's Like That features samples from "Alfie's Theme" as performed by Big John Patton and "Cool Blues" as performed by Lou Donaldson.

Just Another Brother features samples from "Crisis" as performed by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers.

I Go To Work features samples from "Straight No Chaser" as performed by Thelonious Monk.

Tukka Yoot's Riddim features samples from "Sookie Sookie" as performed by Grant Green.

Lazy Day features a sample from "Goin' Down South" as performed by Bobby Hutcherson.

Eleven Long Years features samples from "Song For My Father" as performed by Horace Silver and "Blind Man, Blind Man" as performed by Herbie Hancock.

Make Tracks features samples from "Filthy McNasty" as performed by Horace Silver and "Jeannine" as performed by Donald Byrd.

The Darkside features a sample from "Steppin' Into Tomorrow" as performed by Donald Byrd.



  1. ^ a b Hand On the Torch at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-05-01. Retrieved 2017-08-29.