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Phil WOODS – Here's to My Lady 1988

Posted in JAZZ, Phil WOODS on December 20, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Phil WOODS – Here’s to My Lady 1988


Altoist Phil Woods took a rare vacation from playing with his regular group to collaborate with pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist George Mraz and drummer Kenny Washington on this fine straight-ahead quartet date. The 13 selections are fairly concise (clocking in between 3-7 minutes apiece) and most of the material (other than Canadian Sunset, Yours Is My Heart Alone, Blue and Sentimental and Bill Evans’ classic Waltz for Debby) consists of either obscurities or recent originals.
By Scott Yanow. AMG.
Phil Woods- (Clarinet, Alto Sax);
Tommy Flanagan- (Piano);
George Mraz- (Bass);
Kenny Washington- (Drums).
01. Superette 3:59
02. Johnny Hodges 5:36
03. Another Love Song 6:08
04. Canadian Sunset 4:47
05. Charles Christopher 4:54
06. Butter 5:44
07. Visions of Gaudi 5:31
08. Yours is My Heart Alone 5:17
09. Blue and Sentimental 5:07
10. Origins 3:37
11. Here’s to My Lady 4:54
12. Waltz for Debby 5:17
13. Just Us 4:51
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Phil WOODS & Tom HARRELL – The Jazz Masters 1986

Posted in JAZZ, Phil WOODS, Tom HARRELL on December 15, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Phil WOODS & Tom HARRELL – The Jazz Masters 1986
The Jazz Masters.
2006 Issue.


Clean, simple, and beautiful blowing from the frontline team of Phil Woods on alto and Tom Harrell on trumpet – a great little date that’s recorded with a beautifully understated quality! There’s no tricks, gimmicks, or too-contemporary influences to bog the set down – and both players are very focused in their work here, moving in unison as if they’d been sharing the same bandstand for a number of years. The full group’s a quintet – with Hal Galper on piano, Steve Gilmore on bass, and Bill Goodwin on drums – and the tunes are a wonderful mix of bold colors and sharper solo lines – on titles that include “Times Mirror”, “Ya Know”, “Tenor Of The Times”, “Another Jones”, “111-44”, and “My Azure”.
From Dusty Groove.
Tom Harrell- (Trumpet 1, 2, 5, 6; Flugelhorn 3, 4, 7)
Phil Woods- (Alto Sax 1, 2, 4-7; Clarinet 3)
Hal Galper- (Piano)
Steve Gilmore- (Bass)
Bill Goodwin- (Drums)
01. 111-44 (O. Nelson) (6:40)
02. Another Jones (H. Galper) (9:47)
03. My Azure (B. Mays) (8:33)
04. Serenade In Blue (H. Warren – M. Gordon) (7:31)
05. Tenor Of The Times (J. Roccisano) (11:00)
06. Time’s Mirror (T. Harrell) (7:54)
07. Ya Know (J. Emley) (10:55)

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Phil WOODS – Musique Du Bois 1974

Posted in JAZZ, Phil WOODS on December 14, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Phil WOODS – Musique Du Bois 1974
1997 Issue


On Musique Du Bois, things start with a chorded bass-alto workout in the intro of “Samba du Bois,” actually more a hard bop than Brazilian excursion, with Phil Woods’ alto frying on the edges. The most inventive juxtaposition of “All Blues” welded to “Willow Weep for Me” works perfectly over ten-plus minutes, in a steady but quick waltz tempo. This is a tour-de-force reading, Woods wafting over Jaki Byard’s blue-green chords. During his solo, the pianist goes light blue in cascading, flowing phrases that tumble out of the 88 keys. “Nefertiti” is vastly different than the Miles Davis-Wayne Shorter original; where that one was haunting, sparse, swelling and free, Woods interprets this as an easy swinger, anchored on terra firma with Byard’s scurrying solo and funky R&B coda a listener’s delight. The band goes through definite time shifts, from easy bluesy groove to funk and hard bop during “The Last Page”; they swing “Airegin” pretty well; and during “The Summer Knows,” the altoist confirms what many have long since known that he is an unsurpassed master when interpreting a standard in ballad form. A lilting alternate take of “Samba du Bois” is the more Latin-oriented one, same tempo but with drums and the trio introing and playing all the way through. This CD is a widely acknowledged modern jazz masterpiece, a classic in the discography of Woods, easily amongst the best five recordings of his long and storied career  and a must-buy.
By Michael G. Nastos. AMG.
Phil Woods- (Alto Sax)
Jaki Byard- (Piano)
Richard Davis- (Bass)
Alan Dawson- (Drums)
01. Samba du Bois   6:58
02. Willow Weep for Me   10:07
03. Nefertiti   8:23
04. The Last Page   9:06
05. The Summer Knows   7:15
06. Airegin   5:57
07. Samba du Bois [bonus track]   6:14

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