Carnival

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Handy continues with the formula for success that had make his previous album, Hard Work, an R&B club hit. Some new session musicians are added. Lee Ritenour, Larry Carlton, James Jamerson, James Gadson, Sonny Burke, Paulinho da Costa, indicate the direction of the music. On Carnival, Handy manages even better to mix the Jazz, Latin, and R&B ingredients.

The general mood throughout is one of serenity, nostalgia and unhurried mastery. Watch Your Money Go clearly imitates the successful recipe of the song Hard Work, a fast shuffled Jazz beat danced to in half speed. As always, Handy builds his solo carefully, then has Mike Hoffmann improvise on his half-acoustic guitar until he jumps back in to finish his solo with a well-paced climax. Alvina is another winner. Based on a slow arpeggio from the bass that shifts its harmonies slightly, there's more of that elegant sax playing and an acoustic piano solo by Sonny Burke. Or there's the bluesy Love's Rejoycing, featuring a melancholy melody with an oriental touch.

The beat grooves but stays light and airy as on all the tracks. The two times when Handy sings, he only proves that his singing is not his forte, but even on those tracks, Handy blows his horn and proves what a gifted Jazz musician he is. I can't help noticing how difficult it was back in the mid-seventies for Jazz musicians to record an album that was satisfying both on the artistic and the business levels. On Carnival, John Handy manages to do the splits.


Carnival
Alvina
Watch Your Money Go
I Will Leave You
Love's Rejoycing
Make Her Mine
All The Things You Are
Christina's Little Song
Format: LP
Label: ABC Impulse!
Catalogue numbers: AS-9324

Companies:
Phonographic Copyright (p)-ABC Records
Inc.
Copyright (c)-ABC Records
Inc.
Published By-Hard Work Music
Recorded At-A&R Studios
Recorded At-ABC Recording Studios
Mixed At-Kendun Recorders
Mastered At-Kendun Recorders

Barcodes & Identifiers:
Matrix / Runout-# AS 9324
Matrix / Runout-# AS 9324
Matrix / Runout-AS-9324-A [1 in a circle] GOL
Matrix / Runout-AS-9324-B [1 in a circle] GOL
Rights Society-BMI
Media Condition: Mint (M)
Sleeve Condition: Mint (M)

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