Hard Work

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Hard Work
John Handy - Hard Work.jpg
Studio album by John Handy
Released 1976
Recorded January, 1976
ABC Recording Studios in Los Angeles, California
Genre Jazz
Label ABC/Impulse
ASD 9314
Producer Esmond Edwards
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Hard Work

Hard Work is an album by American jazz saxophonist John Handy which was recorded in 1976 and originally released on the ABC/Impulse label.[1][2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]

The album reached #4 on the Billboard jazz chart and #43 on the Billboard Top 200.[4] Allmusic awarded the album 4 stars stating ""Hard Work" became a surprise hit, and overall, the set is open to the influence of R&B, although there are some strong moments from Handy on both alto and tenor".[3] A single, Hard work, did reach the bubbling under positions of the UK Top 50 in September 1976.

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by John Handy

  1. "Hard Work" - 6:56
  2. "Blues for Louis Jordan" - 5:43
  3. "Young Enough to Dream" - 7:10
  4. "Love for Brother Jack" - 3:48
  5. "Didn't I Tell You" - 4:35
  6. "Afro Wiggle" - 4:44
  7. "You Don't Know" - 3:18



  1. ^ John Handy discography, accessed November, 10, 2015
  2. ^ Impulse! Records Catalog: 9300 series, accessed November 11, 2015
  3. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. Hard Work – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  4. ^ Allmusic charts