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2nd John Handy Album
John Handy Quintet
2nd John Handy Album
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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All Artists: John Handy Quintet
Title: 2nd John Handy Album
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Koch Records
Release Date: 9/16/1997
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 099923781226

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Superb cutting edge jazz
Tyler Smith | Denver, CO United States | 10/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Handy put together one of jazz's most unique cooperatives for an unfortunately short-lived period in the mid-'60s. While the commercial climate wasn't kind to the band, they nonetheless produced some superb music, originally recorded on Columbia and now reissued on Koch. This release finds the quintet continuing to explore new ground.Handy, one of our finest and most underappreciated altoists, surrounded himself with musicians no less free-thinking than himself, most notably the superb guitarist Jerry Hahn and the fine violinist Michael White. The band was capable of moving effortlessly through through jazz, rock, blues and free material. Their willingness to push the boundaries of jazz is demonstrated most clearly on "Scheme #1," which concluded the original vinyl release. It is a wonderfully realized exercise in musical abstraction, but its free quality doesn't mean that it's aimless or chaotic. In fact, Handy wrote several sections for the piece. Rather, the piece moves about in ways that invite the listener to make his own connections between the statements made by each band member.The freedom of "Scheme #1" is balanced by some serious cooking from all involved. Hahn is astonishing on "Blues for a High-Strung Guitar" and Handy's playing on "Dancy Dancy" should make everyone wonder why he has received so little recognition during the course of his career.The best blendings of jazz talents show the listener that telepathy does indeed exist. This tightly fused band deserved many more opportunities to weave their magic."