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Phil Woods

Rights Of Swing

CJS9016
Release Notes
  • 180 gram LP x 1 standard sleeve
  • Recorded at Nola Penthouse Sound Studios, New York January 26, and February 10, 1961

This Candid recording is such a major success that it is surprising that altoist Phil Woods has rarely recorded in this context. The all-star octet not only features the altoist/leader but trumpeter Benny Bailey, trombonist Curtis Fuller, baritone saxophonist Sahib Shihab, the innovative French horn player Julius Watkins (a major factor in this music), pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Buddy Catlett, and drummer Osie Johnson. This set consists entirely of Woods’ five-part “Rights of Swing” suite, which clocks in around 38 minutes. The colourful arrangements use the distinctive horns in inventive fashion and the music (which leaves room for many concise solos) holds one’s interest throughout. One of Phil Woods’ finest recordings, it’s a true gem. Scott Yanow/AMG