110

Woody Witt: Woody Witt

By

Sign in to view read count
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 slipping into his playing. On one of his more compelling compositions, "Through the Fog", that special impressionism Coltrane managed to create with the horn, as well as that unique ballad tone, comes through very clear and very effectively. He also gives Duke Pearson's "You Know I Care" a thoughtful improvisational reading without having to resort to saxophone pyrotechnics, such as screeches, honks and other assorted cacophony. Witt is obviously interested in maintaining the purity of the sax sound without unneeded distortions or contrivance. He is also not averse to a swinging chorus or two as he shows in his rambunctious "A Child's Dance". Here he shows complete mastery over the big horn again eschewing unnecessary dramatics getting right to the essence of the music.

The horn player has chosen his playing cohorts for this session well. Pianist Joe LoCascio has several albums out under his own name and appears as a sideman on four albums of that hard bop saxman, Tony Campise. The remaining two members of the quartet, David Craig on bass and Tim Solook on drums, act as perfect rhythmic foils to Witt's hard driving sound. Solook, especially, manages to make his important contributions to the melodic contrivances of Witt, without being overbearing. Witt and group go a long, long way on this album demonstrating that modern creative jazz need not be so distant as to lose contact with the listeners. This album is for the intelligent jazz fan. It may, and should, be obtained through Witt's web site at www.woodywitt.com.


Track Listing: A Child's Dance; Who Cares?; Homage; Through the Fog; My Idea of Fun; Wood; You Know I Care; Trance.

Personnel: Woody Witt - Tenor & Soprano Sax; Joe LoCascio - Piano; David Craig - Bass; Tim Solook - Drums

Year Released: 2002 | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Acceptance CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 26, 2017
Read The Wild CD/LP/Track Review The Wild
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 26, 2017
Read This Is Nate Najar CD/LP/Track Review This Is Nate Najar
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 26, 2017
Read Joy Comes Back CD/LP/Track Review Joy Comes Back
by James Nadal
Published: February 26, 2017
Read Apocalypse CD/LP/Track Review Apocalypse
by Julian Derry
Published: February 26, 2017
Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read "Navigation Without Numbers" CD/LP/Track Review Navigation Without Numbers
by Karl Ackermann
Published: March 3, 2016
Read "Whirlwind" CD/LP/Track Review Whirlwind
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: May 24, 2016
Read "Testimony" CD/LP/Track Review Testimony
by Jack Bowers
Published: January 13, 2017
Read "Unstatic" CD/LP/Track Review Unstatic
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: August 9, 2016
Read "Some Other Time: The Lost Session From the Black Forest" CD/LP/Track Review Some Other Time: The Lost Session From the Black Forest
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 27, 2016
Read "Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground" CD/LP/Track Review Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground
by Mark Corroto
Published: May 1, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!