"Captain" John Handy

CCJC Concert 2nd Half

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This is the second half of a long concert John Handy's New Orleans All-Star Jazz Band gave in 1970 at the Connecticut Traditional Jazz Club. Highlights of the second half of the concert included Punch Miller's vocal on "Bourbon Street Parade," where he takes on the gruff voice of Louis Armstrong. Handy's pioneering traditional jazz alto sax, light and swinging, is heard to its best advantage on such cuts as "Bill Bailey" and "Joe Avery's Piece." There's a particularly woeful version of "Just a Closer Walk With Thee," with the Captain's alto taking on a very sweet tone with a heavy vibrato and Andrew Morgan's vocals almost bringing tears to one's eyes. And, of course, the whole affair ends with a marching around the concert hall, a syncopating, scintillating rendition of the national anthem of traditional jazz, "When the Saints Go Marching In." Along with the CD of the first half of this concert,this two-album set offers more than two hours of some of the best traditional jazz being played in those late days of the genre. In addition to the exceptional performances, the sound is excellent. Recommended.

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