THE GENIUS OF CAPTAIN JOHN HANDY
Captain John Handy’s musical presence was and still is unforgettable. His phenomenal playing destroyed the myth in revivalist circles that the saxophone had no place in jazz. Capt John Handy is mainly associated with the alto sax, but he was also a fine clarinet player. To hear the Captain in full flight is pure delight as always….as this CD shows.
Few men have caused greater upheaval or changed the artistic landscape in New Orleans more than Capt. John Handy. He brought a sweeping breadth of musical knowledge into a field that many had thought too stodgy. The great 60s revival was the result. He is one of the legendary greats of jazz.
This CD compiled by the eminent Mike Pointon shows Captain John Handy at his very best….indeed it shows the full genius of Captain John Handy. A must for all collectors.
Tracks 1 and 2 12th August 1965, New Orleans
Captain John Handy alto sax, Alvin Alcorn trumpet, Hugh Watts trombone, Dave 'Fat Man' Williams piano/vocal, Placide Adams string bass, Chester Jones drums
Tracks 3 and 4 23rd March 1968 Connecticut
Handy, George 'Kid Sheik' Cola trumpet, Louis Nelson trombone, Bill Sinclair piano, Dave Duquette banjo, Chester Zardis string bass, Sammy Penn drums
Track 5 4th June 1970 Connecticut
Handy, Punch Miller trumpet, Homer Eugene trombone, Andrew Morgan clarinet/tenor sax, Dick Wellstood piano, Sylvester Handy string bass, Lester Alexis drums
Tracks 6-14 7th May 1970 Connecticut
Handy, Miller, Eugene, Morgan, Wellstood, S. Handy, Alexis
3 GETTYSBURG MARCH
4 I’LL ALWAYS BE IN LOVE WITH YOU
5 BOURBON STREET PARADE
6 BLUE SKIES
7 TIGER RAG
8 ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET
9 HANDY’S BOOGIE
10 ST LOUIS BLUES
11 PANAMA RAG
13 JO AVERY’S PIECE
14 IN THE GUTTER