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    John Handy - Mosaic Select album cover

    John HandyMosaic Select

    Label:Mosaic Records (2) – MS-035, Mosaic Records (2) – A736427
    Series:Mosaic Select – 35
    Format:
    Box Set, Compilation, Limited Edition
    CD, Album, Reissue
    CD, Album, Reissue
    CD, Album, Reissue
    Country:US
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    Genre:Jazz
    Style:Modal, Hard Bop

    Tracklist

    1-1If We Only Knew26:54
    1-2Spanish Lady19:29
    1-3Dancy Dancy5:33
    1-4Blues For A Highstrung Guitar6:04
    1-5Dance For Carlo B4:31
    1-6Scheme #113:37
    2-1Theme X7:29
    2-2Right On The Line7:05
    2-3Debonair8:47
    2-4Tear Of Ole Miss14:18
    2-5What's New
    Written-ByB. Haggart*, J. Burke*
    7:19
    2-6New Theme7:24
    2-7A Bad Stroke Of Luck7:44
    2-8Blues For A Highstrung Guitar (Alternate Version)5:35
    2-9Spanish Lady (Single Version)2:57
    2-10If We Only Knew (Single Version)2:53
    3-1The Thing8:29
    3-2Señora Nancye (Live Version)12:19
    3-3Three In One4:00
    3-4Projections
    Written-ByMike Nock
    3:16
    3-5A Song Of Uranus
    Written-ByMichael White (2)
    9:07
    3-6Señora Nancye6:30
    3-7Dance To The Lady7:22
    3-8Sanpaku
    Written-ByMike Nock
    2:26
    3-9Eros
    Written-ByMike Nock
    3:55
    3-10All The Way To The West By God, Virginia8:08
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    #1-1 & 1-2
    Recorded live at the Monterey Jazz Festival on September 18, 1965
    Originally issued on John Handy - Recorded Live At The Monterey Jazz Festival (Columbia CS 9262)

    #2-7 & 2-8
    Recorded at Columbia Studios, LA on April 27, 1966
    Originally issued on John Handy Quintet - The 2nd John Handy Album (Koch CD 7812)

    #2-9 & 2-10
    Recorded at Columbia Studios, LA on April 28, 1966
    Originally issued on John Handy - Spanish Lady / If Only We Knew (Columbia 4-43706)
    Note: #2-9 & 2-10 have survived only in mono.

    #1-3 to 2-1
    Recorded at Columbia Studios, LA on July 25, 1966
    Originally issued on John Handy Quintet - The 2nd John Handy Album (Columbia CS 9367)

    #2-2 to 2-6
    Recorded at Columbia Studios, LA on July 26, 1966
    only #2-3 originally issued on John Handy Quintet - The 2nd John Handy Album (Koch CD 7812)

    #3-1 & 3-2
    Recorded at Carnegie Hall, NYC on January 15, 1967
    only #3-1 originally issued in edited form

    #3-3 to 3-10
    Recorded at Columbia 30th Street Studio, NYC on April 15, 1968
    Originally issued on John Handy Concert Ensemble - Projections (Columbia CS 9689)

    LIMITED EDITION: 5,000 SETS

    Barcode and Other Identifiers

    • Barcode: 8 86973 64272 6

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    • Rob7's avatar
      Rob7
      Description from Mosaic website:
      "John Handy is one of the unsung greats of modern jazz -- as saxophonist, composer/arranger and group leader -- especially for the series of four albums he recorded for Columbia between 1965 and 1968. This Mosaic Select is devoted to the three albums he made for the label that featured violin in the instrumentation -- Recorded Live At The Monterey Jazz Festival, The 2nd John Handy Album and Projections, plus a live Carnegie Hall performance.

      Handy's playing, on alto sax in particular, is a wonder with a beautiful "legit" sound, perfect intonation and articulation, and an extraordinary control of the upper register which he uses quite often in building excitement and intensity in his solos. He utilizes all of these extraordinary attributes in frequent lengthy and compelling acappella solos. His unending flow of fresh ideas seemingly devoid of licks is another striking characteristic of his work.
      The group heard here on all of discs 1 and 2 is unique in jazz history. The instrumentation of alto saxophone, violin, guitar, bass and drums has rarely, if ever, been used, and certainly not to this extent. Combining the nature of this instrumentation with the styles of the five players (Handy, Michael White, Jerry Hahn, Don Thompson and Terry Clarke) helps to create an open, expansive musical palette. This enables a musical range from Coltranesque long trance-like modal pieces, to tauter more direct and edgier rock-oriented pieces."