John Handy Recorded Live at Monterey Jazz Festival Live
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Audio CD, Live, May 21, 1996
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In 1967, Downbeat Magazine, the venerable tribunal of jazz etiquette awarded this recording it's vaunted, "Album of the Year". Unquestionably, in a year of great jazz, when Trane, Diz, Miles, and Bill Evans, among others, were walking the planet, this recording deserved the plaudits. On one of the hottest live dates ever, what we have here is a group of superb musicians, none fated to be exceptionally distinguished on his own, together, simply transcending the medium. The session represents in certain respects the birth of jazz fusion, and is the quintessence of that wonderful and precious genre known as San Francisco jazz. As the inimitable critic, Nat Hentoff wrote, with an assured prescience we rarely find these days, "A legendary performance, and one destined to make jazz history". He was right.
Does it stand up? Well, yes. The "B" side, "Spanish Lady", perhaps does not generate the electricity it did forty years ago - after all that we've heard since - but none of the intricacy is lost. The "A" side, however, "If Only We Knew", deeply felt, numinous and grand, retains its luster for the ages. A classic moment, from an era whose best moments resonate ever more profoundly, as they fade into the recesses of the past.
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Lost my original vinyl 33 1/3 in a fire and this was like finding an old friend. I commute 15 miles to and from work and the CD is great . . . Read morePublished 20 months ago by Salvidali
These days, John Handy is known mostly for his superb solo on the studio version of "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" by Charles Mingus. Read morePublished 21 months ago by A. Weirdly Mungster