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Larry Ham/Woody Witt: Presence

Read "Presence" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Larry Ham and Woody Witt's collaborative effort has brought forth the fruit of Presence, with the sophistication and melodic harmonic relationships that used to grace hard bop jazz, while still sporting just the right amount of abstract modernism from today's sound to supply a strong underpinning of the ensemble current. Woody Witt, a Houston based tenor-saxophonist, composer, and educator, with the Larry Ham Trio, comprised of pianist Ham, bassist Lee Hudson and drummer Tom Melito are a highly ...

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Woody Witt Quintet with Randy Brecker: Square Peg, Round Hole

Read "Square Peg, Round Hole" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

At a time when a lot of new music sounds prefabricated, particularly pop and R&B, it's easy to understand why some people believe that artists are just going through the motions and not putting any feeling into them. However, anyone who feels that way about jazz hasn't heard the Woody Witt Quintet. The no-frills approach of Square Peg, Round Hole is most engaging. A composer, performer and educator, Witt is a native of Omaha, Nebraska. He discovered ...

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Woody Witt: Woody Witt

Read "Woody Witt" reviewed by Dave Nathan

Omaha, Nebraska native Woody Witt now works out of the Houston, TX area where he holds down the chair as Assistant Director of Jazz Studies at Houston University. Most of what you will hear on his maiden CD are his compositions played in a quartet setting. One hears in Witt an amalgamation of many of the modern saxophone players of the last several decades, starting with John Coltrane, but with obvious mannerisms of John Henderson, Sonny Rollins and Michael Brecker ...


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