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Phil Woods On Piano Jazz

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Saxophonist Phil Woods (1931–2015) was a true master of bebop. Whether he was weaving complex improvisations with other members of his group or playing feisty, crackling solo licks, Woods' playing was always compelling. He built up his amazing technique with Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones and Buddy Rich, as well as with his own quartet.

We remember Woods, who died last year, with this episode of Piano Jazz from 2003. In this session, he blends his imaginative and sultry sound with the playing of both his trio and host Marian McPartland in "How About You" and "Fine And Dandy."

Originally broadcast in the winter of 2003.

Set List

  • "How About You" (Freed, Lane)
  • "A Sleepin' Bee" (Capote, Arlen)
  • "Lover Man" (Davis, Ramirez, Sherman)
  • "Twilight World" (McPartland, Mercer)
  • "Blue Skies" (Berlin)
  • "I'll See You Again" (Coward)
  • "How High The Moon" (Hamilton, Lewis)
  • "Love You Madly" (Ellington)
  • "Fine And Dandy" (Kay)

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