The trio of Craig Handy (on tenor and soprano), bassist Charles Fambrough, and drummer Ralph Peterson lives up to its potential during a wide-ranging set. The improvisations are explorative yet melodic and logical, while the interplay between these talented players is consistently impressive. Together they explore tributes to Clifford Jordan and George Adams and at times hint at Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and even Grover Washington, Jr.. Pianist David Kikoski is heard on four selections, but his presence is actually unnecessary. Handy's unaccompanied solo on "West Bank: Beyond the Berlin Wall" is a highlight of this recommended disc.
A veteran of UK garage and R&B, Craig David follows up his 2016 comeback by fishing for current trends to keep him relevant.
Eela Craig from Linz are known for their symphonic art rock with lots of organ and Mellotron. An original copy of their first album from 1971 is today a collectors’ item that’s hardly affordable. After releasing three more CDs and throwing out Hubert Bognermayr, they set up a sinfully expensive sound studio in a former farm, which also became their home. The recordings for ”Virgin Piland” were thus made unhurriedly in a relaxed environment during two months of intensive work. The Schlote concert agency from Salzburg took over the marketing and granted the licences to the Ariola-Eurodisc GmbH, where the LP was released with a high circulation in June 1980. And now the first CD edition of ”Virgin oiland”, with two bonus tracks, namely 7” single tracks which are not to be found on any LP as yet.