Sunday, March 31, 2013

John Handy at Monterey

John Handy's performance at the 1965 Monterey Jazz Festival was a sensation and arguably the high point of his career. The altoist, using a quintet that included violinist Michael White, guitarist Jerry Hahn, bassist Don Thompson, and drummer Terry Clarke (all of whom were young unknowns at the time), played two lengthy songs: the 27-minute "If Only We Knew" and "Spanish Lady," which lasts a mere 19 and a half minutes. After a brief theme, "If Only We Knew" mostly features unaccompanied solos. Handy's opening statement immediately quieted the crowd, which was amazed by the altoist's courage and the logic of the advanced yet tonal music. "Spanish Lady" also has a long Handy statement and builds up to a very exciting conclusion. Even over three decades later, the music sounds fresh, colorful, and innovative. The original Columbia LP (which has been long out of print) had reversed the order of the songs and even their titles so this Koch CD reissue is very welcome on several levels. Highly recommended.
Scott Yanow

Source :

John Handy
Live at the Monterey
Jazz Festival


1 If Only We Knew (Handy) 27:29
2 Spanish Lady (Handy) 19:34
3 Tears of Ole Miss* [Anatomy of a Riot] (Handy) 31:12

* Bonus Track

John Handy - as
Mike White - vl
Jerry Hahn - g
Don Thompson - b
Terry Clarke - dr
Recorded live at the Monterey Jazz Festival, September 18, 1965
John Handy - as
Bobby Hutcherson - vb
Pat Martino - g
Albert Stinson - b
Doug Sides - dr
Recorded live at the Village Gate, New York, June 28, 1967


cheeba said...

Beautiful! I've been hoping to see the CD version w/ extra track. I linked to this page on the John Handy discog here:

Thanks for sharing yet another excellent album Melanchthon!

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for it (and all) !


Jay said...

This is such a great band! Thanks for sharing.

moremiles said...

Wonderful stuff, thanks for posting this one, much appreciated.

Kovina Kris said...

Fantastic! Thank you!

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Chris Doering said...

Oh please re-up!

peskypesky said...

Could you re-upload, please??

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