Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith now available on Amazon and iTunes

With Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith, his OKeh debut and first recording as a leader since 2000, tenor/alto/soprano saxophonist Craig Handy presents his initial encounter with an organ ensemble. Released January 21, 2014, the album, which consists of 10 numbers from the songbook of Jimmy Smith – the founder of modern jazz organ expression – grew out of Handy’s realization several years ago that his distinguished resume included no opportunities “to cut my teeth with any of the great organ players.” Handy’s reinterpretation of Smiths’ work includes solos with a creative edge and grooves derived from the tight second-line funk of the Crescent City.

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