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Chromatic Banana Ultimate Choice The Last Page / Sans Melodie A Look Back The Day When the World
|Instruments||Music and Musicians|
|Accompanist/ Conductor||Gordon Beck, Henri Texier, Daniel Humair|
Customer Reviews (3)
- Different, Quite Frankly.Review by Big Toots
Now, it takes a very special artist - one who is comfortable in his own musical skin - to shed same and dive into this deeper and more complex end of the improv pool. The collaboration between Woods, whose pedigree emanated from the Bird in the jazz tree (and was enhanced by Phil’s training at Julliard) and his European machinists is a fascinating project, if it’s not for all tastes.
Hardly intimidated by their leader’s by then well-established stature (I mean - my God! -he married Chan Parker!), keyboardist Gordon Beck, bassist extraordinaire Henri Texier and percussionist Daniel Humair make complete sense of the effort. And, you get the sense that while there are complexities here of every possible musical type that Woods and this crew had more fun than one could have partying at Zappa’s “200 Motels.” It’s also obvious that even in frenzy, Woods can’t shed his natural musical instincts.
Now let’s face it: even today some listeners will find the freer type material in this offering a bitter taste, especially if their expectations frame Woods in his pre and post-Rhythm Machine periods or, forgive me, “just the way he was.” That’s fine. But, again, do consider an artist’s innate obligation to explore, run his hands through the musical waters and pan for gold. Sometimes he finds it. So might you.
(Posted on 4/29/2015)
- greatReview by Big Toots
- Phil WoodsReview by Simon Sez
On this fascinating album, Woods often plays the electric varitone sax in addition to clarinet and recorder. His band, which has Gordon Beck on electric piano, pushes him into areas of music that one would never expect from Woods. The music is unpredictable and full of surprises, much of it fun. If listeners do not expect Phil Woods to play bebop on this set they will certainly enjoy it.
Simon Sez: Phil Woods and his European Rhythm Machine (IC1002) play electronic fusion, free jazz and a mixture of both in a very colorful set.
(Posted on 5/6/2014)
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