Interview: Phil Woods (Part 4) - JazzWax

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February 20, 2009


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R. A. Miriello

Once again Marc you knock it out of the park with this Woods interview. Kudos. His comments penetrate right to the core of the matter as does his solos. He has certainly lived the life. I must make a trip to Arthurs' for the kick of it! I guess Charlie's Tavern is gone? My copy of LeGrand's "Images" is a favorite that I pull out every now and then to show my kids or an uninitiated what a real saxophone solo is like.


I don't know the "facts" about the recording of "Just the Way You Are", but you only have to hear it once to know that without Phil Woods on it, that tune would have been nothing. And he had to hold back on it!

I said to my wife years ago that I bet that was the day Billy realized he's just a stiff (er, "piano man"). No wonder he didn't want that track to get out there!

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