Interview: Billy Joel (Part 1) - JazzWax

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February 24, 2009


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Jon Foley

Interesting explanation of the session. Now I need to know from Phil Ramone why he thought none of Phil Woods' solos was good enough to stand on its own (considering they were all considered "brilliant" by BJ). To say, "I know better than Phil Woods what he should have played so I'll make up my own solo from his takes" requires a certain amount of chutzpah, don't you think?
I know Ramone has musical training and is a talented producer, but a jazz musician he's not.


real fans won't let up, of course. who's more creative, Phil Woods with his axe or Phil Ramone with his razorblade? Bill Evans in everything he touched or Blossom Dearie in the way she touched others? and now Billie Joel's jumped off the WayYouAree bridge!

Greg Lee

Billy J. an Evans & Tatum devotee? Phil Ramone channeling Teo Macero? Wow, I never knew....

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