CAPT. JOHN HANDY'S NEW ORLEANS ALL-STAR BAND in Concert - 1ST HALF
This 1970 concert rocked and you will certainly wish you'd been there! Capt Handy's phenomenal playing destroyed the myth in revivalist circles that the saxophone had no place in jazz. To hear the Captain in full fllight is pure delight, and he is such a great ensemble player too!New Orleans groups were adept at giving the public what they want, and this concert from 1970 was no exception.
Great sounds featuring CAPT JOHN HANDY, ALTO SAX/VOC, PUNCH MILLER, TR/VOC, HOMER EUGENE, TRBN/BAN, ANDREW MORGAN, TEN SAX/CL/VOC, DICK WELLSTOOD, PNO, SYLVESTER HANDY, BS, and LESTER ALEXIS, DRS. The second half is on JCCD3074.
CAPT. JOHN HANDY - CTJC CONCERT - 1ST HALF
1. EXACTLY LIKE YOU
2. BLUES SKIES
3. BLUEBERRY HILL
4. EH LA BAS
5. TIGER RAG
6. ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET
8. THE SHEIK OF ARABY
9. TUCK ME TO SLEEP IN MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME
10. HANDY’S BOOGIE
11. ST LOUIS BLUES
Reviews of This Recording
Mississippi Rag - USA
For yours truly, the major joy of these two CDs is another recorded example of the singing and trumpet of Ernest 'Punch' Miller. Despite the fact that Punch was in the twilight of his career (he was to die on December 2, 1971), there was still enough energetic drive left to lift his playing far above the ordinary. So, once you get past the culture shock of a band that plays both 'Perdido' and 'Bourbon Street Parade', just sit back and enjoy a good two hours of New Orleans R B and jazz crossover. - Joe Klee
Cadence Magazine - U. S. A.
These two compact discs represent music heard one evening during the spring of 1970. This collective of New Orleans stalwarts, in addition to a young Dick Wellstood, played before an audience of the Connecticut Traditional Jazz Club and share over two hours worth of Traditional Jazz with the loyalists. To be sure, the presentation of this music here, appearing for the first time, will likely serve as a bit of a dream for revivalists. After all, at the time of this recording, many of the players here were in their seventies and while some are clearly past their prime, these musicians still show those whip-persnappers a thing or two (unfortunately, both Handy and Miller passed away a year after these recordings). As a whole, this concert is guaranteed to bring a smile to many faces, as good humor and fun abounds. This is a rousing, freewheeling concert presenting rollicking versions of many great Trad Jazz standards, and yes, even 'When The Saints Go Marching In' is included.