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5.0 out of 5 stars the soul of protest and regret., 5 Oct 2000
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This review is from: New View (Audio CD)
As is often the case with with re-issues one's initial pleasure in hearing New View is one of recognition and rememberance. From the opening shimmering phrases of Handy's alto to the closing blues phrasings that diminish into silence, the listener is transported into that moment in musical and political history when change seemed possible. Not merely the change in style and surface that is so often, today, seen as innovation, but rather anoptomistic view of the new things to come. After the magisterial debut, 'Live at Monterey'it seemed that Handy had already reached his zenith. What followed was the quirky second album, a studio affair. And then this, another live recording but this time in the intimate environs of a New York club. What the album exemplifies is those twin tropes of African American culture; soul and revolution. The opening track is both an homage to Coltrane and to love, utilising 'Tranes beautiful ballad, dedicated to his first wife Naima, Handy explores the wistful aspects of the melody enhancing the original through the use of Bobby Hutcherson's elegantly understated vibes playing. The second track echoes some of the work on his second album, the soloists improvise of a sweetly syncopated bossa nova rhythm, exploiting the airiness of the latin American structure to highlight some fine solo work, especially the wonderful, plafully skillful guitar work of Pat Martino. Finally we are offered, for the first time in full, the overtly political 'Tears of Old Miss (Anatomy of a Riot)'. What is essentially a rolliking blues number played, as befits such a piece, 'in the tradition'develops its formal structure by breaking its edges. The front line musicians form the avant garde for the edgy rhythm section to explore the currents of protest while still exemplifying the harmony of the totallity. All in all a satisfying example of tradition and radical enterprise. Check this out if you are looking for music that will help you smile.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle Jazz, 9 April 2013
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I first purchased this album in the early 70s on vinyl and wore it out! Brilliant download and excellent value.
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5.0 out of 5 stars John Handy's finest hour at the Village Gate, 1967., 14 Feb 2013
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The adventurous alto saxophonist John Handy(not to be confused with the New Orleans' musician Captain John Handy) recorded with Charles Mingus in the late 1950s.
This excellent album was recorded live at the Village Gate, New York City on June 28, 1967 with Handy(alto sax); Bobby Hutcherson(vibes); Pat Martino(guitar); Albert Stinson(bass) & Doug Sides(drums).
The three tracks include a beautiful version of 'Naima' recorded three weeks before its composer, John Coltrane, died; John Handy's happy sounding bossa-nova 'A Little Quiet' and a restored 31-minute version of the turbulent 'Tears Of Ole Miss' inspired by James Meredith's attempt to enter the University of Mississippi in the autumn of 1962.
This KOCH 1997 reissue of 'New View!' is probably John Handy's finest album and deserves a place in any modern jazz collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars New View - John Handy, 3 Jan 2013
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Anyone that has heard Handy with Charlie Mingus will find this very interesting. Live recording is generally good although Bobby Hutcherson is a little distant in the mix.
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