Phil Woods with Strings – The Thrill Is Gone (180g LP)

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Label: Venus Records VHJD-199

Woods’ regular quartet + string quartet on 180-gram vinyl!

“Phil Woods with Strings?” you may ask with a bit of apprehension. An album with strings, which is inevitably heavily arranged, is always a risky proposition for a jazz musician whose art depends above all on spontaneous improvisation. But Phil Woods, arguably the best alto sax player alive today, has done it many times in his 55-year career.

What distinguishes this album is the core group: Wood’s regular quartet featuring the young and brilliant pianist Bill Charlap. Also, they decided to go with a string quintet (two violins, two violas and one cello) instead of a larger string section. This probably worked to make the ensemble agile and more spontaneous. The first violinist even takes a few solos!

All in all, this is a charming album filled with many tender moments and nice sound. Woods’ playing is inspired and varied arrangements keep the program interesting. Bill Charlap helps his boss with a few beautiful solos as well.

Features:
180-gram vinyl
Mixed and mastered by Tetsuo Hara
Venus Hyper Magnum Sound Direct Mix Stereo
Obi strip
Japanese pressing

 

Recorded at “The Red Rock Recording Studio” in Pennsylvania on June 16 and 17 , 2002

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  • Phil Woods - alto sax
  • Bill Charlap - piano
  • Steve Gilmore - bass
  • Bill Goodwin - drums
  • Eric Doney - conductor
  • Andy Stein - violin and solo
  • Tony Posk - violin
  • Olivia Koppell - viola
  • Alfred Brown - viola
  • Jesse Levy - cello
  • Strings assembled by Andy Stein
1. And When We’re Young 《 P. Woods 》(8:22) 2. I Get Along Without You Very Well 《 H. Carmichael 》(4:49) 3. You Go To My Head 《 J. Fred Coots 》(5:24) 4. It Never Entered My Mind 《 R. Rodgers 》(8:53) 5. The Thrill Is Gone 《 R. Henderson 》(4:41) 6. Easy To Love 《 C. Poter 》(4:14) 7. The Nearness Of You 《 H. Carmichael 》(5:53) 8. If I Should Lose You 《 R. Rainger 》(5:35) 9. Solitude 《 P. Woods 》(5:48)
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