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Live album by The Piano Choir
Released 1973
Recorded June 18, 1972 and October 28, 1972 at The Public Theater, NYC
Genre Jazz
Label Strata-East SES-19730
Producer Geri Hamlin and The Piano Choir
Stanley Cowell chronology
Brilliant Circles
(1969)Brilliant Circles1969
Illusion Suite
(1973) Illusion Suite1973
The Piano Choir chronology
(1973) Handscapes1973
Handscapes 2
(1975) Handscapes 21975

Handscapes is a double live album by The Piano Choir featuring Stanley Cowell, Nat Jones, Hugh Lawson, Webster Lewis, Harold Mabern, Danny Mixon, and Sonelius Smith recorded in 1973 and first released on the Strata-East label.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]

At the time of release Ebony reviewer Phyl Garland said "One needn't be a "piano freak" to appreciate a truly new recording. First of all imagine seven gifted and talented pianists sitting down to seven grand pianos (with electric piano, organ, harpsichord, a few tambourines for spice) and proceeding to tear up these instruments - musically, that is. ...the torrrent of sound springing from their 70 fingers is so powerful and majestic as to be unlike anything one has ever heard."[3] In his review for AllMusic, Michael G. Nastos simply states "Brilliant".[2]

Track listing[edit]

Side A:

  1. "Jaboobie's March" (Hugh Lawson) - 13:40
  2. "Straight, No Chaser" (Thelonious Monk) - 6:00
  3. "Precious Lord" (Thomas A. Dorsey) - 4:50

Side B:

  1. "Sanctum Saintorium" (Sonelius Smith) - 13:40
  2. "Nation Time" (Webster Lewis) - 5:40
  3. "Effi" (Sanley Cowell) - 6:50

Side C:

  1. "Man Extensions" (Danny Mixon) - 31:25

Side D:

  1. "The Almoravids" (Joe Chambers) - 15:40
  2. "Killers" (Stanley Cowell) - 7:30



  1. ^ Stanley Cowell discography accessed January 20, 2015
  2. ^ a b Nastos, Michael G.. Handscapes – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  3. ^ Garland, P., Ebony magazine review, June 1973