Phil Woods: Groovin' to Marty Paich (2005)
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