The Phil Woods Quintet Souvenirs Single-Layer Stereo Japanese Import SACD
This Single-Layer SACD can only be played on a Super Audio CD Player!
Strong Bebop Session 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.
"A die-hard bopper, alto saxophonist Phil Woods nonetheless manages to push
the boundaries of straight-ahead hard bop on Souvenirs. As far as the '90s go,
this is one of Woods' best. This version of Woods' quintet, most notably
featuring trumpeter Brian Lynch, is a solid entity with much forward momentum.
Lynch, a member of Art Blakey's last Jazz Messengers lineup, is easily one the
best trumpeters around, displaying a knack for interesting note choices and
lines that border on the progressive. Woods sounds thoroughly engaged
throughout, attacking each tune with his characteristic fire." - Matt
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Single-Layer SACD can only be played on a Super Audio CD Player! It will
NOT play on conventional CD Players!
• Made in Japan
Phil Woods, alto saxophone
Brian Lynch, trumpet
Jim McNeely, piano
Steve Gilmore, bass
Bill Goodwin, drums
1. Peer Pressure
2. Song For Sisyphus
4. Ballad For Hank
5. C.K.'s Bossa
Recorded at Clinton Studio in New York on June 22 & 23, 1994