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Live at Yoshi's Nightspot [Live]

John Handy, Captain John HandyAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (September 26, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Louisiana Red Hot
  • ASIN: B00004XSMI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,639,627 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Spanish Lady
2. Blues For A High Strung Guitar
3. Body & Soul
4. Dancy, Dancy
Disc: 2
1. If Only I Knew
2. The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
3. Spanish Lady (Remix)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Tough to capture magic twice February 28, 2001
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This is a tough set to review. It must be said that its mere release is exciting. Handy is badly underrecorded, he's terrific live, he's captured at a premier jazz spot, and -- this is the most significant point -- the recording reunites the band he assembled to play at the 1965 Monterey Jazz Festival, where he and his mates put on one of the great shows in jazz history. Those who have not heard it are directed immediately to "Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival."
This 2-CD set even reprises "Spanish Lady" and "If Only We Knew," the two songs captured from the 1965 performance. We get, 30 years later, the same endlessly flowing and technically flawless alto playing from Handy, bolstered by Michael White's heavy, rhythmic attack on violin and Jerry Hahn's angular and inventive guitar lines. In fact, there are two versions of "Spanish Lady," one of the most intoxicating and freeing tunes in the modern jazz repertoire.
We also get Handy's take on the saxophone standard "Body and Soul." On this and several other tunes in the set we are treated to his solo flights, which are pretty much unparalleled in the business, for my money. Two key tunes from his great second Columbia LP of the '60s also get treatments: "Blues for a High-Strung Guitar" and "Dancy Dancy."
Add the hugely underrated basist Kon Thompson and drummer Terry Clarke to the mix and you have one fabulous band -- and one that still possesses an incredible amount of musical rapport.
The only problem, for me anyway, is that the performance overall feels too much like a retrospective on Handy's career.
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