Brilliant Columbia Records work from saxophonist John Handy – a player who first rose to fame with Charles Mingus, then went onto record some early albums for Roulette
– but really came into his own during these Columbia years! The Handy heard here is a jazzman all his own – a musician who's clearly trying for new sounds, and new styles of expression in the heady years of the 60s – moving his alto sax past any previous modes heard on the instrument, and setting himself up with some very unusual rhythms and instrumentation. There's a bit of a modal grooves on some tracks, and other numbers take on a unique pulse of their own – almost a precursor of cosmic modes to come in jazz, forged here first by Handy. Most of the sessions here feature work from violinist Michael White, a key force in Handy's music – plus guitar from Jerry Hahn or Sonny Greenwich, bass from Don Thompson, and drums from Terry Clarke – and the great Mike Nock also plays piano on one session too. 3CD set features 5 unreleased tracks – plus work from Live At The Monterey Jazz Festival, The 2nd John Handy Album, Projections, and The Spirituals To Swing 30th Anniversary session. Titles include "Dancy Dancy", "If Only We Knew", "Theme X", "New Theme", "Bad Stroke Of Luck", "Right On The Line", "Debonair", "A Song Of Uranus", "Sanpaku", "Eros", "Dance To The Lady", "All The Way To West Virginia By God", and "Blues For A Highstrung Guitar".
(Out of print, limited edition – includes original book and slipcase, both in great shape!)