Recorded at a concert in Los Angeles last year honoring the memory and the music of Marty Paich, thirteen straight-ahead jazz veterans got together under the leadership of pianist Christian Jacob to recall the West Coast Cool sound that has become a legend in our time. Featuring Phil Woods, the ensemble invites a big band sound without all the accoutrements. Limited in size, but certainly not in scope or creative prowess, the small band gets a big sound.
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.
I love jazz because it's sophisticated, international, atmospheric yet free, cool and warm.
I was first exposed to jazz through the sultry voice and flawless swing of my mother.
I met Mark Murphy, David Linx, Kurt Elling, and Youn Sun Nah.
The best show I ever attended was Youn Sun Nah in Paris.
The first jazz record I bought was Native Dancer by Wayne Shorter and Milton Nascimento
My advice to new listeners: open your mind and your ears, forget about structure, feel the textures.
Go see live music and keep buying CDs!