Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Live at Monterey Jazz Festival
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Former Mingus altoist Handy's 1965 appearance at the Monterey Jazz Festival briefly made him as big a jazz star as Coltrane, as more commercial variants of Trane's quest became the rage among the long-hairs (one thinks of ... more »
Former Mingus altoist Handy's 1965 appearance at the Monterey Jazz Festival briefly made him as big a jazz star as Coltrane, as more commercial variants of Trane's quest became the rage among the long-hairs (one thinks of Charles Lloyd and Pharaoh Sanders hitting the Billboard charts). This was by no means a bad thing. Handy's band, which featured violinist Michael White and guitarist Jerry Hahn (both briefly big things, as well), plays a sympathetic and searching pre-hippie modal jazz with touches of free playing. Handy deserved his fame and its mystifying why Columbia ignores his LPs and allows Koch to reissue them. --D. Strauss
This is very moving, passionately performed music .
RSevier@AOL.com | Fort Wayn, IN | 09/12/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This recording set unplayed for years buried somewhere in my fairly extensive record collection. I discovered it anew just recently, and at about one a.m. placed it on my seldom used but not discarded Pioneer turntable. What I heard placed me in the same state of bliss that I remembered from years ago when I first hear "If Only We Knew". I groved on the sound in that early morning hour and vowed that I would get the CD ASAP. Later on that same day after a little sleep, I went on line into Columbiahouse's music listing just knowing that it had to be there. Typing "John Handy" into the little search box I was shocked at what I found. Not only was Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival not list, there was'nt a single listing for John Handy. I thought what a ---- shame. Not only is the recording that I truly want not out there, but Handy's work has been overlooked altogether. I thought, what is going on? I was deeply saddened at the prospect of not having this CD and even moreso at the idea that John Handy, a great jazz man, was overlooked. I thought that I would just have to wait and hope that Columbia Records or somebody would come to their senses and release at lease the Monterey performance on CD. For now I thought, if it was'nt listed by columbiahouse.com, it did'nt exist. Well, having heard of, but never having used Amazon, I did give much thought to Amazon.com. as a possible source for this recording. Well, I got around to at least looking and was both surprised and happy to see that they had it! Alas, somebody did have the good judgement to recognize a great performance and to memorialize it in a digital format and Amazon was wise enough have it. Great! I can't wait to add this recording to my CD collection. While I truly enjoyed the reunion between the record and my old turntable and take some comfort in just having my old record, enjoying the sounds of this truly great performance without the occassional pops and skips is a treat that I'm looking forward to with great anticipation."
A major classic
R. Ornstein | usa | 10/01/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One of the greatest live performances ever, it belongs in every jazz lover's library. I was lucky enough to be there, and heard the group, then unheralded, perform that day. This recording captures the spirit of the music perfectly. It presages many later developments in music, fusion, complex multilayered rhythms, and is a stunning performance!"
Whoever is failing to rerelease this on CD is doing everyone
Vaz Dando | 04/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)