Woods gave his last concert on Sept. That night he announced he had emphysema and was retiring. He made his name as a fiery disciple of bebop pioneer Charlie "Bird" Parker, earning the nickname "the new Bird" after Parker's untimely death in He was married to Parker's widow, Chan, for 17 years. Woods released more than 50 albums as a leader and many more as a sideman with How Can I Be Sure - Phil Woods - Round Trip (CD jazz luminaries as Dizzy GillespieThelonious MonkBill Evans and Clark Terry.
He won four Grammys. But Woods was perhaps best Album) outside the jazz world for his alto sax solo at the end of Joel's hit recording "Just the Way You Are.
Philip Wells Woods was born on Nov, How Can I Be Sure - Phil Woods - Round Trip (CD. After inheriting an alto sax from his uncle, he began How Can I Be Sure - Phil Woods - Round Trip (CD lessons at the age of Album) As a teenager inhe heard Parker's bebop recordings with trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. After graduating high school, he moved to New York where he studied classical music by day at Juilliard and jazz in the clubs at night. In the mids, Woods began leading his own combos.
He got his big break when Quincy Jones asked him to join a State Department-sponsored world tour with Gillespie's big band. Won a grammy and then was taken out of print. What a weird world. Could even be in bargain bins. Its a match to "Live at the Showboat". If you find it grab it. Wonderful wonderful stuff. You will never tire of these performances. He also plays wonderful soprano in this session. They do "I'm Late" Woods on soprano from Alice in Wonderland at a breathtaking tempo that actually increases lacking no musical nuance.
I could go on How Can I Be Sure - Phil Woods - Round Trip (CD other very cool stuff you must hear to believe what a treat this perfomance was. I recall a Stevie Wonder tune and some very hip latin stuff with the added guitar percussion flavor. It is out of print. My house was broken into several years ago and they took all my CDs over but luckily left all my horns! They got the Showboat CD and I was unable to replace it. I bought used a copy of the LP and then burned myself a CD of it.
Still smokes. I would also recommend "Musique Dubois". It's all good, and the ten minutes spent on Willow Weep For Me is very energizing. I forgot to add the best Phil Woods album. The first track on that album "And when we are young" contains the best alto sax solo that I've heard in a long time! Yes, "I Remember" was my first Phil Woods album, and it made me an instant admirer: tasty big-band arrangements covering a wide swath of styles, and stamped with Phil's amazing lyricism.
My favorite was "Paul," a ballad Woods wrote for Paul Desmond. And "Flatjack Willie" is the only tune on which I've ever heard Phil play soprano sax. I have several Phil Wood CDs. The technique is great but I am turned off by a very "reedy" sound in them. I don't know if he was using a neck mike or there was some problem with the sound engineer. I don't think it was Phil since I have heard him live several times and he sounded great.
It it me or has someone else heard this? Also check out his work on lead with Monk's big band. IMHO Phil never sounded better than this period. I was first turned on to Phil's work through one of his latest recordings "The Rev and I" which I think has some great playing on it.
The Phil Woods little big band is great too! I've been a huge fan of Phil's for a long time.
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