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Phil Woods: Groovin' to Marty Paich (2005)

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Recorded at a concert in Los Angeles last year honoring the memory and the music of Marty Paich, thirteen straight-ahead jazz veterans got together under the leadership of pianist Christian Jacob to recall the West Coast Cool sound that has become a legend in our time. Featuring Phil Woods, the ensemble invites a big band sound without all the accoutrements. Limited in size, but certainly not in scope or creative prowess, the small band gets a big sound.

Leader Jacob and soloist Woods announce the numbers, recognize the other band members for their stellar contributions, and provide candid comments. The inclusion of vibraphone gives the ensemble a unique modern jazz outlook. But it's the presence of Phil Woods that carries this tribute performance to notable fruition. His muscular alto soars above the band's cool ambience for a swinging celebration. Marty Paich's arrangements provide a wholesome sound picture, and Woods adds the interwoven melodies. Each piece comes with its own built-in excitement. Paich was one of the best, and this concert honors his memory well.

Track Listing: Groovin' High; Walkin' Shoes; I've Never Been in Love Before; 'Round Midnight; Donna Lee; Moanin'; Anthropology; Violets for Your Furs; Bernie's Tune; Airegin; Too Close for Comfort; Shaw 'Nuff.

Personnel: Phil Woods: alto saxophone, clarinet on "Anthropology;" Frank Szabo, Steve Huffsteter: trumpet; Scott Whitfield: trombone; Rich Bullock: bass trombone; Stephanie O'Keefe: French horn; Don Shelton: alto saxophone; Brian Scanlon: tenor saxophone; Bob Carr: baritone saxophone; Brad Dutz: vibraphone; Christian Jacob: piano, director; Chris Conner: bass; Paul Kreibich: drums.

Record Label: Jazzed Media

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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