295

Phil Woods: Groovin' to Marty Paich

Jack Bowers By

Sign in to view read count
More than 45 years ago, arranger Marty Paich and alto saxophone legend Art Pepper recorded the benchmark album Art Pepper + Eleven, on which Pepper and a "mini-big band performed Paich's superlative charts. Fast forward to May 2004, when Ken Poston and the Los Angeles Jazz Institute presented "Springsville, a four-day festival celebrating "the Birth of the Cool and beyond. One of the stars on hand for the event was alto saxophonist Phil Woods, and the idea occurred to place him in front of a contemporary ensemble and reinterpret the Paich/Pepper album in his own inimitable style.

The result is Groovin' with Marty Paich, recorded live (no chance to conceal any unsightly blemishes) by Graham Carter's Jazzed Media during "Springsville, with Woods and the hastily named Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra (one would call it a pick-up band were that not an affront to the talent in every chair). Eight of the twelve selections are from Art Pepper + Eleven (Pepper's widow, Laurie, furnished the original charts), two ("I've Never Been in Love Before, "Too Close for Comfort ) from the album The Broadway Bit, the others ("Moanin', "Violets for Your Furs ) from I Get a Boot Out of You.

In spite of its lofty pedigree, the band has a bit of trouble gathering its sea legs on Dizzy Gillespie's "whispered opener, "Groovin' High, but charts a more harmonious course on Gerry Mulligan's cozy "Walkin' Shoes. I assume that's trumpeter Steve Huffsteter soloing with Woods on "Groovin', as he does on "Shoes. Pianist Christian Jacob, who directs the band and introduces each of the songs, is one of several soloists on Frank Loesser's "I've Never Been in Love Before. The others are trombonist Scott Whitfield, tenor Brian Scanlon, alto Don Shelton, bassist Chris Conner and vibraphonist Brad Dutz. Stephanie O'Keefe's French horn launches Monk's soulful "'Round Midnight, which is followed by Bird's fleet-footed "Donna Lee and Bobby Timmons' "Moanin', on which Woods deftly inserts quotes from "Song of the Volga Boatmen and Peggy Lee's "Why Don't You Do Right.

Phil plays clarinet on "Anthropology, and even though he seems reluctant to do so ("Did you know, he asks the audience, "that the clarinet was invented by seven people who never met each other? ) his solo is sharp and resourceful, as was Pepper's on Art Pepper + Eleven. It's back to alto for the Matt Dennis ballad "Violets for Your Furs and the last four numbers, the swinging "Bernie's Tune, Sonny Rollins' buoyant "Airegin, "Too Close for Comfort and one more by Diz and Bird, the bop classic "Shaw'nuff. Huffsteter solos on "Airegin and "Shaw'nuff," Conner and baritone Bob Carr on "Too Close.

Even though the lack of rehearsal time is occasionally visible, Woods is in superb form, and this is an altogether captivating sequel to Art Pepper's exemplary album.


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; Two Close For Comfort; Shaw'nuff

Personnel: Phil Woods - Alto Sax, Clarinet, Frank Sazbo - Trumpet, Steve Huffsteter - Trumpet, Scott Whitfield - Trombone, Rich Bullock - Bass Trombone, Stephanie O'Keefe - French Horn, Don Shelton - Alto Sax, Brian Scanlon - Tenor Sax, Bob Carr - Baritone Sax, Brad Dutz - Vibes, Christian Jacob - Piano, Chris Conner - Bass, Paul Kreibich - Drums

Title: Groovin' to Marty Paich | Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Jazzed Media


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Déjà Vu CD/LP/Track Review Déjà Vu
by Troy Dostert
Published: September 20, 2017
Read Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts CD/LP/Track Review Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: September 20, 2017
Read Two in a Box CD/LP/Track Review Two in a Box
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 20, 2017
Read Discussions CD/LP/Track Review Discussions
by Glenn Astarita
Published: September 20, 2017
Read Just Friends: Live at the Village Vanguard CD/LP/Track Review Just Friends: Live at the Village Vanguard
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: September 19, 2017
Read Introducing the Simon Eskildsen Trio CD/LP/Track Review Introducing the Simon Eskildsen Trio
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: September 19, 2017
Read "True Love Collection" CD/LP/Track Review True Love Collection
by Roger Farbey
Published: November 24, 2016
Read "Nocturno" CD/LP/Track Review Nocturno
by Tyran Grillo
Published: March 9, 2017
Read "B3tles: A Soulful Tribute To The Fab Four" CD/LP/Track Review B3tles: A Soulful Tribute To The Fab Four
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: April 6, 2017
Read "Let Your Mind...Space Out" CD/LP/Track Review Let Your Mind...Space Out
by Roger Farbey
Published: August 31, 2017
Read "All These Hands" CD/LP/Track Review All These Hands
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 20, 2016
Read "Day By Day" CD/LP/Track Review Day By Day
by Rob Rosenblum
Published: January 16, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.