|Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith|
by Willard Manus
Got rent blues? Computer blues? Relationship blues?
Heres the cure for whatever ails you: CRAIG HANDY & 2nd LINE SMITH.
The new Okeh release features sax man Handy and his band playing some of the most high-spirited and joyous music imaginable, a melding of New Orleans Brass Band and contemporary funk (much of it taken from the Jimmy Smith songbook).
As Handy says in an album note: tradition meets innovation here.
Working with such rising stars as Kyle Koehler on the Hammond B-3, Jason Marsalis on drums, and guitarist Matt Chertkoff, plus such jazz veterans as Clark Gayton (sousaphone), Dee Dee Bridgewater and Clarence Spady (vocalists) and Wynton Marsalis (trumpet; and Jasons big brother), Handy romps on such tunes as Organ Grinders Swing and Mojo Workin. There are two slow-drag numbers I Almost Lost My Mind and Road Song but for the most part Handy stays on the jaunty, happy-feet side. The result is an album thats perfect for both listening and dancing.