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Bud Shank and Phil Woods: Bouncin' With Bud & Phil: Live at Yoshi's

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Bud Shank and Phil Woods: Bouncin' With Bud & Phil: Live at Yoshi's 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 session—a younger man's game—than 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 years—including Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Quincy Jones, and Thelonious Monk—and 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 differences—Shank on the left channel, Woods on the right—and 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 section—San 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.

Track Listing: Bouncin' With Bud, Helen's Song, Nature Boy, Carousels, Summer Serenade, Gemma's Eyes, Minority.

Personnel: Bud Shank and Phil Woods: alto saxophones; Mike Wofford: piano; Bob Magnusson: bass; Bill Goodwin: drums.

Year Released: 2005 | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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