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Craig Handy blowing so naturally at Albert Autumn sessions / Bristol 24/7

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Another impressive billing at the Jazz at the Albert Autumn sessions sees US reedman Craig Handy blowing so naturally that his sax seems like an extension of his own body. He's played with luminaries such as Art Blakey, Roy Haynes, Abdullah Ibrahim, Herbie Hancock and Wynton Marsalis amongst many others. Opening with the breezy bop of Chick's Tune by Chick Corea, the stage is set for some great interplay between the excellent musicians in his quartet for this UK tour. Not least UK pianist Jonathan Gee, a European jazz power in his own right, who currently works a lot with Cleveland Watkiss. His lovely piano break in Cedar Walton's Holy Land is case in point, complementing the soft shuffle of Nicola Sabato's double bass and the brushing of Rod Youngs drums.
PHOTO: Elfyn Griffith

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