Alto saxophonist Phil Woods was born on this day in 1931. A 1952 graduate of Juilliard, he was influenced by Benny Carter and Johnny Hodges as well as Charlie Parker (whose widow Woods married). He was one of several saxophone players called "The New Bird." Here is his cover of the 1960 Oliver Nelson jazz standard "Stolen Moments."
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Perfect way to just start the day af work and have this playing.
I got an album of his when I was in high school (it was a freebie), and it was avant-garde jazz. I listened to it a couple of times, and I was hooked. All of his stuff before then and after was pretty straight-ahead jazz, including this, and I love it. Mary has videos from a knitting guru (she hasn’t knitted in a while, but still) who was married to one of Phil’s sidemen. One day she asked “have you ever heard of a jazz musician named Phil Woods?” I think she was blown away by my answer…
I should have taken up the alto sax when I had a chance…