Craig Handy & The Transition Quartet
Featuring Matt Chertkoff, Kyle Koehler & Steve Williams
"Transition Quartet is a straight-ahead, burning, energetic, swinging aggregation. Reminiscent of the 60's and 70's when the organ bands of Jimmy Smith, Larry Young, John Patton, Jimmy McGriff, Brother Jack McDuff, and Shirley Scott held sway over the anointed, jazz intelligencia"
From the time he arrived in New York in 1986, saxophonist Craig Handy was acknowledged as a musician with a big, burly tenor sound, sharp wit, and above all, individuality. Over the next few years he would breathe life into those accolades through a number of important associations: from Betty Carter to Herbie Hancock.
His new album, Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith, is a collaboration with the band, 2nd Line Smith, interpreting the work of late B3 organist Jimmy Smith, with the New Orleans traditions of a second-line brass band. The CD features guests Wynton Marsalis and Dee Dee Bridgewater.
Handy realized how Jimmy Smith utilized a modified New Orleans second-line rhythm - the inspiration for Handy's cross-pollinations. Handy has balanced New Orleans parade rhythms, jazz improvisations, and blues-inflected, organ-soaked grooves.
"Craig Handy is a star" - Robert Altman, from the movie "Kansas City"
"He can be funny, he can be profound, and it comes across in his playing"
- Dee Dee Bridgewater