Phil Woods

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Krentz Ratings:
Rights of Swing (1961), 7/10
The Birth (1968), 6/10

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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