Bouncin' With Bud and Phil features a front line of two veteran alto saxophonists, Bud Shank and Phil Woods, in a freewheeling, sometimes thoughtful, often elegant wailing live session. Both are septuagenarians, and the set sounds less like a sparring sessiona younger man's gamethan a lively conversation, full of spirited give and take, a swapping of informed ideas, and embellishments and expansions of each others' statements, rather than a game of musical one-upmanship.
Phil Woods has long been a master bopper, informed by Charlie Parker, and he's worked with everyone over the yearsincluding Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Quincy Jones, and Thelonious Monkand has released a number of excellent recordings with his quintets. Bud Shank's style leans toward the cooler side. He started out with Charlie Barnett and Stan Kenton, and has performed with the New American Orchestra, the Gerald Wilson Big Band, and the Stan Kenton Neophonic Orchestra, as well as too many always-innovative projects of his own to mention. Both men have remained vital creative artists into their seventies.
The set opens with Bud Powell's "Bouncin' With Bud," the two hornmen wailing on the up-tempo classic, with stereo separation giving a nice display of their stylistic similarities and differencesShank on the left channel, Woods on the rightand closes out with Gigi Gryce's "Minority," opening and closing hot. In between the band stretches out on George Cables "Helen's Song," Benny Carter's "Summer Serenade," and Billy May's "Gemma's Eyes," in front of an outstanding rhythm sectionSan Diego mainstays Mike Wofford (piano) and Bob Magnusson (bass), along with Bill Goodwin (drums), who has played with Phil Woods for thirty years and counting.
A couple of alto masters at work in a relaxed and spontaneous outing.
I love jazz because I was born and raised here in America, and it is one of the most significant cultural contributions we have given to the world. It is an incredibly sophisticated artform that continues to challenge boundaries while delighting and engaging listeners of all different ages and backgrounds
I love jazz because I was born and raised here in America, and it is one of the most significant cultural contributions we have given to the world. It is an incredibly sophisticated artform that continues to challenge boundaries while delighting and engaging listeners of all different ages and backgrounds. I love how jazz can involve musicians who may have never met each other can coming together and making incredible music by referring to the Great American Songbook and musicians who have been playing together for years, who have a deep connection and who explore and create original music that is at the cutting edge of musical innovation in every sense. Performing jazz music requires a virtuosity and technique that only strict discipline can teach as well as a spontaneity and playfulness that reflects the simple folk roots of the music.
I was first exposed to jazz as a student in college. Only knowing I wanted to play guitar, I enrolled in an applied music program that focused on Jazz rhythm section playing. The subsequent journey that I have been on since the time that I enrolled in that class has helped me grow not only as a musician but more so as a person.