Hand On the Torch
|Hand on the Torch|
|Studio album by Us3|
|Released||November 16, 1993|
|Genre||Jazz rap, alternative hip hop|
|Producer||Mel Simpson, Geoff Wilkinson|
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.
- "Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)" (Kelly/Simpson/Wilkinson/Hancock)
- "I Got It Goin' On" (Powell/Kelly/Simpson/Wilkinson/Wilson)
- "Different Rhythms Different People" (Simpson/Wilkinson)
- "It's Like That" (Powell/Simpson/Wilkinson/Parker/Rollins)
- "Just Another Brother" (Powell/Simpson/Wilkinson/Hubbard)
- "Cruisin'" (Kelly/Simpson/Wilkinson)
- "I Go to Work" (Powell/Simpson/Wilkinson/Monk)
- "Tukka Yoot's Riddim" (Taylor/Simpson/Wilkinson/Covay/Cropper)
- "Knowledge of Self" (Kelly/Simpson/Wilkinson)
- "Lazy Day" (Powell/Simpson/Wilkinson/Sample)
- "Eleven Long Years" (Taylor/Simpson/Wilkinson/Silver/Hancock)
- "Make Tracks" (Powell/Simpson/Wilkinson/Silver/Pearson)
- "The Darkside" (Kelly/Simpson/Wilkinson/Mizell)
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.
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.
The Darkside features a sample from "Steppin' Into Tomorrow" as performed by Donald Byrd.
- Rap - Rahsaan Kelly and Kobie Powell (guest Tukka Yoot on Tukka Yoot's Riddim)
- Trumpet - Gerard Presencer
- Trombone - Dennis Rollins
- Tenor Sax - Mike Smith
- Soprano and Tenor Sax - Ed Jones
- Guitar - Tony Remy
- Piano - Matt Cooper