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Hey everyone, I just really started to get into Phil Soods a few months ago, and I was wondering what are all your favorite CD's are of him?
 

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Ditto! Hands down "Live at the Showboat" is my favorite. Had the opportunity to see that band at a club in Patterson NJ when i was i HS. Think the club name was Gulliver's?

Its out on CD! where? This is great news.
 

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Steve J. said:
"Live at the Showboat".
Yeah, GREAT recording.

I was there. :headbang: Actually, I believe, contrary to the liner notes, it was recorded in two nights. The night I was there almost nobody was in the club; I would say maybe 1/3 occupied. Aside from the playing, what really blew me away was Phil's attitude. They came to play! be it ten folks in the club or 300. Very, very professional.

I can't name any recordings off hand, but my favourites actually come from his European Rhythm Machine period. Aggressive playing and aggressive tunes; loved it.
 

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I really like Another Time Another Place with Benny Carter. Willow Weep for Me gets to me every time.

http://cdbaby.com/cd/carterwoods

Flowers for Hodges I dig lots.

Phil and Quill is fantastic.

DIZZY IN SOUTH AMERICA VOLUME 1, 2 or 3 I can not remember which one. Phil Woods just BURNS through one version of Manteca.

Best time listening to Phil woods was at his concert a few years ago with Bud Shank. What a gas!!!
 

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second that. a remarkable early career recording (1957 or thereabouts, iirc); could be hard to find though--my used copy has an "out of print" sticker on it.
 

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steakboy said:
second that. a remarkable early career recording (1957 or thereabouts, iirc); could be hard to find though--my used copy has an "out of print" sticker on it.
Never seen another one in a cd store since I got it 15 years ago but it appears to be available online from Amazon and cd universe (with a different cover from a label in Spain). I have listened to it 100s of times. There's a contrast between Woods' boisterous, aggressive sound and the ballads and love songs that remains fresh. The tracks on the original are:

1. In Your Own Way
2. Easy Living
3. I Love You
4. Squire's Parlor
5. Wait Till You See Her
6. Waltz for a Lovely Wife
7. Like Someone in Love
8. Gunga Din
 

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Cassino said:
Hey everyone, I just really started to get into Phil Soods a few months ago, and I was wondering what are all your favorite CD's are of him?
I love Phil's playing but there is one track from an album with Phil Woods and Benny Carter which is called 'My Man Phil' which is my all time favorite Woods!!!! Benny Carter sings some incredibly cheesy lyrics, I quote: 'God only knows, know body blows like my man Phil' .............

Phil sounds so good on this. Dunno what the album is called....
anybody know????
 

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I was there.
Wow, man, what a gig to hear! "Live at the Showboat" is indeed marvelous. I don't think it is currently available on CD -- RCA put out a mere *portion* of it (it was a 2-record set) back in the '90s just called "Phil Woods Live", I believe (too lazy to get up and look for it right now...).

I will also 2nd the recommendation for his various recordings with the European Rhythm Machine. Really great stuff, especially the numerous live recordings (Montreux, Frankfort, probably others not coming to mind...).

(Anybody else ever see the French supposedly-erotica-but-really-just-a-porn/comedy film "Femmes Fatales", with music by none other than ERM bassist Henri Texier? I recognized him right away while the film was playing, because he always grunts and sings with his lines. [That is to say, his grunts could be discerned amongst the ... other sounds ...] I'm not vastly experienced with the, er, genre, but I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say it's the best jazz score in a porn [yeah, yeah: slash erotica slash comedy] film. The movie's pretty funny, but I'll save the amazing plot spoilers for the Sax On The Web forum devoted to porn films...)

Sorry, where was I? Oh Yeah: another GREAT Woods album not yet mentioned: "Musique du Bois". (Just checked, also appears to be out of print. This and Showboat not available. Whacked.) Anyways, Jaki Byard, Richard Davis, and Alan Dawson, the same rhythm section behind Booker Ervin on the classic "Book" sessions. This is a great record. If it were available, I'd say get it immediately. Since it's not: write to your congressman, dagnabbit!
 

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Yeah- Musique du Bois is a great album! Great band, with Legrand's, "The Summer Knows", and a burning version of Rollins "Airegin". It's interesting to compare this take of,"Airegin", (mid 70's), to one he made in the 50's. A MASTER!!!
 

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I especially like the Phil Woods & European Rhythm Machine CD in the "Jazz in Paris" series. You'll find it in the iTunes Music Store. Incredibly version of "Stolen Moments".
 

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In the spirit of (clears throat professorly) moo-si-col-o-gy, I dug out my copy of "Showboat".
It's titled like this:

THE PHIL WOODS SIX
"LIVE" FROM THE SHOWBOAT

And, yes it is a double album...recorded november 1976.

Although I couldn't list it here as my favourite, I would like to recommend "Floresta Canto" to those of you who haven't heard it because I see it seldom mentioned and it's a chance to hear Phil on soprano - as well as some fine orchestral settings by both Chris Gunning and Phil himself.
 

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Musique duBois is still my favorite. I bought the LP in college, wore it out and then got the CD when it came out. Great Stuff!!!!

"Airegin" burns and "Summer of '42" is a classic ballad performance. Perhaps my favorite, though, is Phil's arrangement of "Willow Weep for Me" using the vamp from "All Blues".
 
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