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George Handy


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George Handy(1920 – 1997) was a jazz music arranger, composer and pianist whose musical beginnings were fostered under the tutelage of pianist Aaron Copland. While he had an impressive career as a pianist and arranger, he is best known in retrospect for his bebop arrangements.

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  • zrsullivan

    Finally got a copy of 'Handyland U.S.A.' & was underwhelmed. While I dig straight ahead bop, I come to George for his charts & compositions. This a waste of his limited tenure as leader -- a goddamn waste.

    8 Aug 2010 Reply
  • zrsullivan

    Again, unsurpassed. I just cannot swallow his obscurity. Perhaps my absolute favorite Composer/Arranger/Featherless Biped. Too bad his output was so slim.

    4 Jun 2008 Reply
  • zrsullivan

    George, I was just reading that scene in 'My Childhood' where Tsiganok is crushed under a great oak cross. As he lay dying in the kitchen, your tune 'Dalvatore Sally' was entering it's final phase, & oh, how beautifully tragic it all was. Thanks, Stranger.

    28 Apr 2008 Reply

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