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Hard Work/Carnival
     

Hard Work/Carnival

by John Handy
 
Originally released separately on Impulse, this two-fer combines saxophonist John Handy's 1976 release Hard Work and Carnival, which came out the following year. These dates find Handy branching out from modern jazz and combining lite jazz with smooth R&B. "Hard Work" became a radio hit and the remaining tracks -- all original Handy compositions -- will

Overview

Originally released separately on Impulse, this two-fer combines saxophonist John Handy's 1976 release Hard Work and Carnival, which came out the following year. These dates find Handy branching out from modern jazz and combining lite jazz with smooth R&B. "Hard Work" became a radio hit and the remaining tracks -- all original Handy compositions -- will appeal to fans of smooth jazz. Carnival is a bit more festive. The title cut has traces of the traditional melody associated with Sonny Rollins "Don't Stop the Carnival," but like the previous set, Carnival is mainly smooth jazz with synthesizers. The only cover version recorded for these dates is "All the Things You Are," a duet with Reginald Burke on acoustic piano and Handy on alto. This two-fer offers very pleasant background music, but those expecting to hear Handy in a post-bop setting should skip this one. The music has been remastered and, while there are no bonus tracks or new liner notes, Impulse had the good taste to restore the original packaging: front and back cover art and liner notes.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/24/2012
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0602527809496
catalogNumber:
2780949
Rank:
74467

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Handy   Primary Artist,Percussion,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Larry Carlton   Guitar
Chuck Rainey   Electric Bass
Hotep Cecil Barnard   Keyboards
Eddie "Bongo" Brown   Percussion,Conga
Paulinho Da Costa   Conga
Esmond Edwards   Percussion,Background Vocals
James Gadson   Drums
Zakir Hussain   Tabla
James Jamerson   Bass
Harold Jones   Drums
Lee Ritenour   Guitar,Keyboards,ARP
George Spencer   Keyboards
Sonny Burke   Piano,Keyboards,ARP
Mike Hoffmann   Guitar
Vincent Jefferson   Bass
Tom Nichols   Conga
Ruddy Coleman   Bass
John Handy   Drums

Technical Credits

John Handy   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Glenn Burger   Engineer
Esmond Edwards   Producer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Barney Perkins   Engineer

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