Magazine article IAJRC Journal

New Celebration

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

New Celebration

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Phil Woods And The Festival Orchestra

New Celebration

Chiaroscuro Records CR(D) 401

Phil Woods (ldr, cond, arr, as) Jay Rattman (cl soloist, bs, as) Nelson Hill (lead as, fl, cl), Matt Vashlishan (as, fl, cl) Tom Hamilton (ts, fl, cl) Bob Keller (ts, fl, cl) Jim Buckley (bs, b-cl) Danny Cahn (tp) Nathan Ecklund (lead tp) Chris Persad (tp soloist) Vanessa Meggiolaro, Eddie Severn and Patrick Dorian (4 tp on each track) Rick Chamberlain (lead tb) Sam Burtis (tb) Fred Scott (tb) Jim Daniels (b-tb) Spencer Reed (g) Skip Wilkins (p) Evan Gregor (b) Tom Whaley (d) Najwa Parkins (vcl). Red Rock Recording, Saylorsburg, PA, April 23, 24 and June 4, 2013

Bop'N Bob Don't Stop/Hank Jones/And It Was Nowhere/Before I Left /Goodbye Mr. Pepper/Get Bird's Word/Ballad For Hank/Shiny Pants/ Here's To Alvy/You Don't Know What Love Is. TT 69:24

A new Phil Woods album is always an event as this indestructible musician roars on. Yet this effort may qualify as even more important since it is an album of Phil Woods arrangements for a big band. Combine that fact with the release of this CD marking something of a reactivation (or relaunch) of the recently quiet Chiaroscuro Records is cause for great celebration. So here we have the album title, "New Celebration."

There are so many marvelous studio big band albums from the 1950s and early 1960s filled with the sound of Phil Woods soloing as a sideman. Neil Hefti's "Hot 'N'Hearty," "Gene Krupa Plays Gerry Mulligan Arrangements," and "Bashin"' with Jimmy Smith and Oliver Nelson come to mind without any effort. Remember Phil's alto open on 'OF Man River' from that album? And that doesn't even begin to touch on Phil's contributions to the great Quincy Jones Band from that era. With all of that in the back of my mind I do a lot of dream arranging. As in dreaming up big band arrangements in my head that I would love to hear. Of course as a non-musician my imagination is not stifled by the limitations of understanding what may be impossible to play! But I do know that hearing Phil's alto bopping over a roaring shout chorus is in there a lot of the time. Arranger Nelson Riddle once admitted that he really only spent time thinking about two things, music and sex. …

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