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 met Erroll Garner at The Theatrical Grill in Cleveland a few hours before our family was to see him on stage at Severance Hall. That was 45 years ago and I was only 15! I spotted him nearby in a booth wearing a beautiful tux with a great white napkin draped over him! I was a little nervous as I approached him (he was eating shrimp cocktail) and said, Mr
I met Erroll Garner at The Theatrical Grill in Cleveland a few hours before our family was to see him on stage at Severance Hall. That was 45 years ago and I was only 15! I spotted him nearby in a booth wearing a beautiful tux with a great white napkin draped over him! I was a little nervous as I approached him (he was eating shrimp cocktail) and said, Mr. Garner, I love playing the piano... is there any advice you could give me?'' He hesitated, then looked back at me and said, Keep playin' and don't stop!'' That was great advice because at 60 years old, I'm still playin' and haven't stopped!