Phil Woods

Phil Woods - Warm Woods (1957) {2014 Japan Jazz Collection 1000 Columbia-RCA Series SICP 4213}

Phil Woods - Warm Woods (1957) {2014 Japan Jazz Collection 1000 Columbia-RCA Series SICP 4213}
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© 1957, 2014 Epic / Sony Music Japan | SICP 4213 | DSD Remaster
Jazz / Bop / Hard Bop / Saxophone

This long-out-of-print CD has finally been reissued and it's a must-have for Phil Woods fans, or for anyone interested in an excellent example of post-Parker be-bop saxophone. The sound quality is excellent, the rhythm section is very competent and Phil is at the top of his game on a nice mix of standards and originals. It's easy to see why he has been the benchmark for jazz alto for decades. His swing and inventiveness are nicely showcased as he eases his way through the list of tunes. If one were to buy one or two CD's that best show Phil Woods' ability to create meaningful jazz, this one would have to be high on the list for consideration. Don't miss it!
Phil Woods - Phil Woods & The Japanese Rhythm Machine (1975) {2014 Japan Jazz Collection 1000 Columbia-RCA Series SICP 3994}

Phil Woods - Phil Woods & The Japanese Rhythm Machine (1975) {2014 Japan Jazz Collection 1000 Columbia-RCA Series SICP 3994}
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© 1975, 2014 RCA / Sony Music Japan | SICP 3994
Jazz / Hard Bop / Post Bop / Progressive Jazz / Saxophone

Reissue with the latest remastering. Comes with liner notes. Phil Woods toured Japan in 1975 with the Japanese Rhythm Machine (pianist Hideo Ichikawa, bassist Mitsuaki Furuno, and drummer George Otsuka), recording this album at during a concert at Kosei Nenkin Kaikan in Tokyo. The alto saxophonist is at the top of his game, while the rhythm section provides excellent support, with Ichikawa especially shining in the solo spotlight.
The Phil Woods Six - "Live" From The Showboat (1976) {2CD 2014 Japan Jazz Collection 1000 Columbia-RCA Series SICP 3992~3}

The Phil Woods Six - "Live" From The Showboat (1976) {2CD 2014 Japan Jazz Collection 1000 Columbia-RCA Series SICP 3992~3}
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© 1976, 2014 RCA / Sony Music Japan | SICP 3992~3
Jazz / Hard Bop / Post Bop / Progressive Jazz / Saxophone

Reissue with the latest remastering. Comes with liner notes. A double-length, ultra-cool set from saxophonist Phil Woods – yet another aspect of his great body of work from the 70s, and a live date that features Woods at the head of a sextet! The group here features acoustic piano, electric guitar, bass, drums, and percussion – all used in ways that are often a bit more organically building and spacious than some of Phil's more intense Rhythm Machine albums – showing a new sensitivity in Woods' music, but one that still has plenty of room for searing, searching solo moments! Titles include "Django's Castle", "A Little Peace", "Brazilian Affair", "I'm Late", "Superwoman", "High Clouds", "How's Your Mama", and "Rain Danse".

Phil Woods & Jon Eardley - Pot Pie (1955) {Fantasy}  Music

Posted by tiburon at Dec. 4, 2017
Phil Woods & Jon Eardley - Pot Pie (1955) {Fantasy}

Phil Woods & Jon Eardley - Pot Pie (1955) {Fantasy}
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Genre: Bop, Hard Bop

Phil Woods was only 22 at the time of this program (reissued on CD), but he was already an explosive and very talented bop-oriented altoist. This obscure set, one of his earliest recordings, has seven group originals, plus the lone standard "Mad About the Boy," and is full of excitement. Woods, trumpeter Jon Eardley, pianist George Syran, bassist Teddy Kotick and drummer Nick Stabulas all display both youthful energy and a strong knowledge of Charlie Parker's innovations, making this an essential, if little-known acquisition for bop collectors.
Phil Woods & Donald Byrd - The Young Bloods (1956) {2014 Japan Prestige 7000 Chronicle SHM-CD HR Cutting Series UCCO-5280}

Phil Woods & Donald Byrd - The Young Bloods (1956) {2014 Japan Prestige 7000 Chronicle SHM-CD HR Cutting Series UCCO-5280}
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© 1956, 2014 Prestige / Concord / Universal Japan | UCCO-5280 | Mono | PRLP 7080
Jazz / Bop / Hard Bop / Saxophone / Trumpet

Reissue features the latest DSD / HR Cutting remastering and the high-fidelity SHM-CD format (compatible with standard CD player). Comes with a description. Features the original LP designs. For this early hard bop date, altoist Phil Woods and trumpeter Donald Byrd were co-leaders. In fact, the music had at one point earlier on been released with Byrd getting first billing. Since the spirited altoist contributed four of the six tunes (including "House of Chan" and "In Walked George") and consistently takes solo honors, it is only right that the date finally appeared under Woods' name. With pianist Al Haig (who did not record that extensively during this period), bassist Teddy Kotick, and drummer Charlie Persip offering stimulating accompaniment, this is an easily recommended release (despite its brief LP length) for straight-ahead jazz collectors.
Phil Woods, Jackie McLean - Bird  Feathers (1957) {2013 Japan Prestige New Jazz Chronicle SHM-CD HR Cutting Series UCCO-5354}

Phil Woods, Gene Quill, Jackie McLean, John Jenkins, Hal McKusick - Bird Feathers (1957) {2013 Japan Prestige New Jazz Chronicle SHM-CD HR Cutting Series UCCO-5354}
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© 1957, 2013 Prestige New Jazz / Concord / Universal Japan | UCCO-5354 | Mono | NJLP 8204
Jazz / Bop / Cool / Hard Bop / Saxophone

Reissue features the latest DSD / HR Cutting remastering and the high-fidelity SHM-CD format (compatible with standard CD player). Comes with a description. Features the original LP designs. A really great title for this classic late 50s set – as the record showcases a host of young alto players who've all come up in the generation of Charlie Parker – but who are each bringing their own sense of style to the instrument! There's hardly any "bird feathers" here – as the Charlie Parker modes are never used slavishly, but instead as a way to sprout wings and really take off in new direction – a difference that really comes through wonderfully on the tracks that feature two different altoists playing together.

Phil Woods - Here's to My Lady (1989) {Chesky Records}  Music

Posted by tiburon at April 1, 2018
Phil Woods - Here's to My Lady (1989) {Chesky Records}

Phil Woods - Here's to My Lady (1989) {Chesky Records}
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Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop

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. A special bonus is that Woods plays his appealing clarinet on three numbers. Highlights include "Charles Christopher" (a tribute to Charlie Parker), "Butter" and Hal Galper's "Just Us."
The Phil Woods Quartet With Gene Quill - Phil Talks With Quill (1957) {2014 Japan Jazz Collection 1000 Columbia-RCA Series}

The Phil Woods Quartet With Gene Quill - Phil Talks With Quill (1957) {2014 Japan Jazz Collection 1000 Columbia-RCA Series}
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© 1957, 2014 Epic / Sony Music Japan | SICP 4214
Jazz / Cool / Bop / Hard Bop / Saxophone

Reissue with the latest DSD remastering. Comes with liner notes. Rare as hens' teeth – and an incredible meeting of two vastly underrated alto talents! Phil Woods got plenty of opportunities to record as a leader in the 50s, but altoist Gene Quill was often buried in bigger groups – a fact that makes this album one of the few chances to really hear him shine! Woods and Quill work together beautifully throughout – playing boppishly, but also in a more relaxed groove – one that's a bit like Phil's excellent Warm Woods session for Epic from the same stretch, but perhaps a bit more upbeat overall.
Phil Woods - Round Trip (1969)  {2016 Japan Verve 60th Rare Albums SHM-CD Reissue Series UCCV-9611}

Phil Woods - Round Trip (1969) {2016 Japan Verve 60th Rare Albums SHM-CD Reissue Series UCCV-9611}
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© 1969, 2016 Verve / Universal Japan | UCCV-9611
Jazz / Post Bop / Modern Big Band / Progressive Jazz / Saxophone

Verve 60th Anniversary Rare Albums SHM-CD Reissue Series. Reissue with SHM-CD format. Hip and groovy work from Phil – very different than both his earlier bop-heavy sides, and his freer European recordings – recorded with some great backings by Johnny Pate, the excellent Chicago soul arranger who also did some great soundtrack work! Pate's come up with some tight short tracks that have a nice groovy late 60s Verve feel – over which Woods solos angularly on alto, working amidst woodwinds by Jerome Richardson and Jerry Dodgion, piano by Herbie Hancock, trumpet by Thad Jones, and some light strings that trickle in and out from time to time.
Dizzy Gillespie - Dizzy Gillespie Meets The Phil Woods Quintet (1986) {2015 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Series}

Dizzy Gillespie - Dizzy Gillespie Meets The Phil Woods Quintet (1986) {2015 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Complete Series CDSOL-6352}
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© 1986, 2015 Timeless Records / Solid Records Japan / Ultra-Vibe | CDSOL-6352
Jazz / Post Bop / Modern Post Bebop / Latin Jazz / Trumpet / Saxophone

Reissue with the latest remastering. Features original cover artwork. Comes with a descripton in Japanese. Dizzy Gillespie meets the Phil Woods Quintet – a group that already has a great trumpeter in the form of Tom Harrell – which makes the album here a double-horn delight! Dizzy's on trumpet throughout, and Harrell plays both trumpet and flugelhorn – and the pair work well with Woods' alto in the front line, sharing back and forth, and creating a lively interplay between the different voices of their instruments. Dizzy is impeccable – as he always is at this point in his career – and rhythms are nice and tight, thanks to piano from Hal Galper, bass from Steve Gilmore, and drums from Bill Goodwin. Titles include a great reading of Galper's Loose Change" – plus "Terrestris", "Love For Sale", "Oon Ga Wa", and "Whasidishean".