Phil Woods (1931), a white bebop alto saxophonist, made several recordings in a shamelessly
Parker-ian vein before organizing the octet
(including trombonist Curtis Fuller, baritone saxophonist Sahib Shihab, French horn player Julius Watkins, pianist Tommy Flanagan)
that performed his five-movement suite Rights Of Swing (january 1961).
Another experimental project, the European Rhythm Machine, a piano quartet
influenced by free-jazz, debuted with The Birth (june 1968).
But mostly Woods kept the bebop tradition alive with tracks such as
Petite Chanson (december 1980), in a quintet with Lew Tabackin on flute, Jimmy Rowles on piano and Woods on clarinet,
and Goodbye Mr Evans (january 1981), in a trio with pianist Tommy Flanagan and bassist Red Mitchell.
Phil Woods died in september 2015 of emphysema at the age of 84.
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