Craig Handy Continues the Brass Band Tradition with Debut Album on Okeh Records

Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 in News | No Comments

On Craig Handy‘s OKeh Records debut, Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith, funk and groove supply the motive and the motivation. The album, available January 21, 2014, is the saxophonist’s first recording as a leader in more than a decade. The repertoire consists of 10 numbers from the songbook of Jimmy Smith – the founder of modern jazz organ expression, a creative inspiration that evolved from Handy’s realization several years ago that his distinguished resume included no opportunities “to cut my teeth with any of the great organ players.” As an added—and surprising—turn, Handy’s reinterpretation of Smith’s work includes rhythm and grooves derived from the tight second-line funk of New Orleans. More…

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