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Phil Woods' European Rhythm Machine, an adventurous unit that really challenged the altoist, was one of the most underrated groups of the 1968-70 period. This hard-to-find but exciting LP features Woods with pianist George Gruntz, bassist Henri Texier and drummer Daniel Humair on lengthy renditions of compositions by Gruntz, Carla Bley, Herbie Hancock ("Riot") and Leonard Feather (an emotional "I Remember Bird"). It is very good to hear Phil Woods playing post-bop and almost avant-garde music for a change, but it is a pity that all of the intriguing group's recordings are currently out of print.


Born: 02 November 1931 in Springfield, MA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the true masters of the bop vocabulary, Phil Woods had his own sound beginning in the mid-'50s and stuck to his musical guns throughout a remarkably productive career. There was never a doubt that he was one of the top alto saxophonists in jazz, and he lost neither his enthusiasm nor his creativity through the years. Woods' first alto was left to him by an uncle, and he started playing seriously when he was 12. He gigged and studied locally until 1948, when he moved to New York. Woods studied...
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