Jimmy Woods Sextet: Conflict (2003)
“Conflict” is a lopsided blues with an edgy vamp from Hill which allows the front line to indulge in some grand exploratory work. On the other hand, “Apart Together” features a complicated head and the type of restless chord progressions that serious musicians love to dig in to. Woods demonstrates his ability to handle the changes and aptly deserves the company he keeps. Elvin Jones fits in his usual thunderous moments, and the rest of the sidemen, Hill and Carmell Jones in particular, are models of creative expression.
Contemporary signed Woods after Ornette Coleman’s departure to Atlantic. While not quite an equal replacement, Woods proved that he was a talented musician whose time in the spotlight, for whatever reason, was brief.
Track Listing: 1. Conflict 2. Coming Home 3. Aim 4. Apart Together 5. Look To Your Heart 6. Pazmuerte 7. Conflict (alt take) 8. Aim (alt take) 9. Look To Your Heart (alt take).
Personnel: Jimmy Woods-alto sax; Carmell Jones-trumpet; Harold Land-tenor sax; Andrew Hill-piano; George Tucker-bass; Elvin Jones-drums.
Record Label: Fantasy Jazz