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Woody started in jazz with the diverse sounds of Maynard Ferguson's bands of the 1970s.
Maynard Ferguson's Conquistador opened the door. Six songs, each presenting a different style and mood. Running times range from about four minutes to almost seven.
One album. Six songs. And a virtual Pandora's Box of jazz.
Not that it makes me an expert or the most well-rounded listener, it conditioned me to appreciate diversity and despise cookie-cutter music. My favorites are Spyro Gyra, Yellowjackets, Lee Ritenour, the Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, David Benoit, and some classic rock and soul acts like ELO, Earth, Wind & Fire, Steely Dan and vintage Chicago.
I'm a journalist, avid reader and fiction writer.