Phil Woods Chasin' The Bird Single-Layer Stereo Japanese Import SACD
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Alto Sax Legend on SACD!
Jazz alto saxophonist, clarinetist, bandleader, composer and four-time Grammy
Award winner Phil Woods studied music with Lennie Tristano, who influenced him
greatly, at the Manhattan School of Music and at the Juilliard School. His
friend, Joe Lopes, coached him on clarinet as there was no saxophone major at
Juilliard at the time. Although he did not copy Charlie "Bird" Parker, he was
known as the New Bird, a nickname also given to other alto saxophone players
such as Sonny Stitt and Cannonball Adderley. In the 1950s, Woods began to lead
his own bands. Quincy Jones invited him to accompany Dizzy Gillespie on a world
tour sponsored by the U.S. State Department. A few years later he toured Europe
with Jones, and in 1962 he toured Russia with Benny Goodman.
After moving to France in 1968, Woods led the European Rhythm Machine, a group
which tended toward avant-garde jazz. He returned to the United States in 1972
and, after an unsuccessful attempt to establish an electronic group, he formed a
quintet which was still performing, with some changes of personnel, in 2004.
Woods earned the top alto sax player award almost 30 times in Downbeat
magazine's annual readers' poll. His quintet was awarded the top small combo
title several times. Perhaps his best known recorded work as a sideman is a pop
piece, his alto sax solo on Billy Joel's 1977 hit "Just the Way You Are". He
also played the alto sax solo on Steely Dan's "Doctor Wu" from their 1975 album
Katy Lied, as well as Paul Simon's "Have a Good Time" from the 1975 album Still
Crazy After All These Years.
"Phil Woods is at the peak of his powers during these 1997 sessions for
Venus, leading his regular quintet (Brian Lynch, Bill Charlap, Steve Gilmore,
and Bill Goodwin) through a set of songs he's played for decades, along with
some originals likely written for this outing. The alto saxophonist navigates
Charlie Parker's 'Chasin' the Bird' and 'Charlie's Wig' with the finesse of the
master that he is. The interplay between the leader and Lynch in the former tune
indicates that the younger musician is a force to be reckoned with. They also
work well together in the dissonant 'Israel,' long a favorite of boppers. Woods'
unaccompanied introduction to 'Everything Happens to Me' is simply breathtaking.
Woods is also a fairly prolific composer. 'Autumn Thieves' is a barely disguised
reworking of the standard 'Autumn Leaves' (also indicating his love of puns in
the title) that swings nicely. The source of the rapid fire 'Clinicology' is a
little less obvious at first ('Cherokee'), though little doubt remains once the
quintet gets cooking. Lynch contributed 'Tribute to Blue,' a strutting, yet very
lyrical hard bop vehicle. Charlap, who has since left the group to lead his own
trio, is one of the greatest pianists of his generation. Gilmore and Goodwin
have continuously worked with Woods since 1975; enough said." - Ken Dryden,
"There was a very specific reason why Phil played on nearly every album I've
made since 1956, because he not only was the best jazz alto sax player there
was, he was a truly beautiful person. It is an understatement to say Phil Woods
was one of the greatest jazz alto-saxophone players to ever set foot on this
planet." - Quincy Jones
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Single-Layer SACD can only be played on a Super Audio CD Player! It will
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Phil Woods, alto sax
Brian Lynch, trumpet
Bill Charlap, piano
Steve Gilmore, bass
Bill Goodwin, drums
1. Chasin' The Bird
3. Everything Happens To Me
4. Autumn Thieves
5. Charlie's Wig
6. Tribute To Blue
Recorded at Red Rock Recording Studio on October 13, 14, 15, 1997