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Phil & Quill with Prestige [Vinyl]

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Creme de Funk
  2. Lazy Like
  3. Nothing But Soul
  4. A Night at St. Nick's
  5. Black Cherry Fritters
  6. Altology
  7. Airegin [*]
  8. Solar [*]


Product Details

  • Vinyl (January 1, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ojc
  • ASIN: B000000YC3
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,124,627 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Woods at his absolute finest. Quill, a great unsung hero, also at his best here. Together they are magic. The playing is excellent. All 6 of the original recording on this CD are Phil Woods compositions, and comprise the original vinyl LP. The addition of cuts 7 and 8 (AIREGIN by Sonny Rollins and SOLAR by Miles Davis) are great bonus cuts to this CD because they were recorded at the same recording session by Rudy Van Gelder at his HACKENSACK, NJ studio on the same date March 29, 1957, (which was basically his families living room until he built his later recording studio elsewhere in NJ. The analogue recording and analogue mixing of this CD bring out the beauty of the sound of that era. Luckily, Phil De Lancie did a great job of digitally remastering this recording for CD. The sound quality is great. By the way, the info given for this CD in the "All Music Guide To Jazz" has EVERYTHING wrong. The musicians, the song titles and even the dates. This is one of my top ten BeBop Albums.
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In my opinion Phill Woods and Gene Quill were the finest alto sax duo in the history of jazz. So now that my bias is out of the way, on with the review: Each number on this album is snappy and exuberant. There are no ballads or slow tempo songs. All of it is straight-forward bebop with a smile. Since the alto sax has a ÒbrightÓ sound, it makes for a perfect instrument for bebop and this duo creates improv lines that are clean and imaginative on a recording that is crystal clear.
This duo met in New York circa 1954 and recorded this album for Prestige in January of 1957. When I hear albums like this, I am beginning to think that recording on tape may be better than digital for this record has an extraordinarily clean sound.
What also stands out on this album is the rhythm section. George Syran did an outstanding job on the piano while Teddy Kotick and Al Cohn; both refugees form the Zoot Sims quartet, do an amazing job on bass and drums.
The liner notes are anemic but that is because they were written in 1957 before the gravity of this duo became appreciated.
This is very accessible bebop and I think it is a must have album for any of those jazz fans that appreciate the saxophone.
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I have to correct the previous reviewer who stated that at the drums here sits Al Cohn (which by the way is a sax player). He obviously didn't (how could him sit at the drums when he's a sax player?). Here at the drums we have an almost unknown (at least by me) Nick Stabulas. However he played a fine session. This one is another great album from 1957 the jazz zenith, the perfect year. Phil and Quill were both alto men, were both Parkerian so it's not that easy to recognize who's playing for the jazz novice. Anyhow I'll help saying that Woods has a more beautiful, autoritathive sound. He's the "boss" here (the rhythm section is quite good but we don't have the biggest stars here), Quill has a smaller sound and less fantasy I might say. Phil Woods is in splendid shape here blowing a bebop phrease after another (quoting Parker here and there, what a musical delight!) being always interesting. Quill is good too, don't get me wrong, very good. But Woods's the Boss and you can easily hear that. The track list is quite interesting. The opener is a minor blues medium tempo, funky blues. Funky in the jazz sense ... every phrase is in place, the attitude is right, bad, absolutly ok. Funky! Dont' think to James Brown here! "Lazy like" is a major tune again mid tempoed. "Nothing but soul" is a little faster. "Airigin" is a Sonny Rollins tune, curiously enough never recorded by him. It is an AABA tune beginning with two minor keys than going on with some modulations. It's an hard bop thing now a jazz standard. "Solar" is a Miles Davis original which is a kind of loop tune which runs through four keys, a minor(c)and three major and then again from the beginning. This one has become a Jazz standard too. "A night at St. Nicks" is a fast bopper thing. Woods delight me here! 100% parkerian!! Great!Read more ›
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