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Craig Handy "Flow" [SJL1010]


This is a superb follow-up to Craig’s outstanding Sirocco debut "Reflections In Change" For more information on Craig visit our page for that recording (SJL1005).

Ali Jackson actually began studying the piano at the age of five, which laid the foundation for his melodic approach to the drums. At age 10 he began informal study with drummer Max Roach. His style is a powerful blend of technical mastery and incredible spirit. Ali has performed and recorded extensively and has enjoyed extended tenures with both Wynton Marsalis and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Other world-class artists he has appeared with include Aretha Franklin, Marcus Roberts, Gerald Albright, Jacky Terrasson, Buster Williams, Cyrus Chestnut, and Nicholas Payton.

Xavier Davis, born in 1971, is a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan. His mother began teaching him piano when he was four years old. Davis also began private study on the trombone when he was eight years old. The Gilmore Foundation awarded Xavier an Emerging Artist grant to study in New York City during the summer of 1993, and he was selected College Solo Winner by Down Beat Magazine for 2 years in a row. While he was still in college the legendary jazz vocalist Betty Carter hired him to be her pianist, and he plays on her 1996 Verve release "I'm Yours, You're Mine." Since March 1994, Davis has worked with many leading artists including Carl Allen. Peter Erskine, Billy Hart, Dave Liebman, Vincent Herring, Marcus Printup, Nicholas Payton and Tom Harrell.

For more information on Rodney Whitaker visit our page for Rodney’s recording "Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow" (SJL 1007).


  • Craig Handy: tenor & soprano
  • Xavier Davis: piano
  • Rodney Whitaker: bass
  • Ali Jackson: drums