John "Captain John" Handy

John Handy's Quintet

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Altoist John Handy was one of the most talented of the veteran New Orleans jazzmen who were active in the 1960s. Always a bit out of place in the New Orleans jazz revival movement due to his instrument and style (which was influenced by R&B and swing), Handy could really stomp up a storm. On this freewheeling date, he is well-showcased in a quintet with trumpeter Cuff Billett, pianist Pat Hawes, bassist Dave Green, and drummer Barry Martyn. The Dixieland and swing standards (including "Rose Room," "Indiana," "Dinah," and "Rosetta") serve as perfect vehicles for Handy's highly expressive solos. This London session is one of Captain John Handy's finest recordings and is highly recommended.