Real Life

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
During a major portion of his career, Phil Woods predominately led a quartet or quintet, so the opportunity to work with his Little Big Band gave him a special pleasure, by expanding both the brass and reeds to an octet. His third release to feature the octet includes his working quintet at the time, including trombonist Hal Crook, pianist Jim McNeely, plus his longtime rhythm section, bassist Steve Gilmore and drummer Bill Goodwin. Guests include Woods' former sideman trumpeter/flugelhornist Tom Harrell, alto and baritone saxophonist Nick Brignola, plus alto and tenor saxophonist Nelson Hill. Although the economics of touring with a band this size made it impossible to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
During a major portion of his career, Phil Woods predominately led a quartet or quintet, so the opportunity to work with his Little Big Band gave him a special pleasure, by expanding both the brass and reeds to an octet. His third release to feature the octet includes his working quintet at the time, including trombonist Hal Crook, pianist Jim McNeely, plus his longtime rhythm section, bassist Steve Gilmore and drummer Bill Goodwin. Guests include Woods' former sideman trumpeter/flugelhornist Tom Harrell, alto and baritone saxophonist Nick Brignola, plus alto and tenor saxophonist Nelson Hill. Although the economics of touring with a band this size made it impossible to tour, the musicians dove into the difficult arrangements with plenty of gusto and end up sounding as if they had been playing them in concert for months. McNeely's challenging "Real Life" is especially inspired, while Woods is joined by both Brignola and Hill on alto saxes for a bluesy rendition of "Quill," a tribute to Woods' former partner, Gene Quill. The leader switches to clarinet for the powerful "Waltz for Harry," written in memory of Woods' former guitarist, Harry Leahey; Harrell's warm flugelhorn and McNeely's piano solo are also featured. Harrell's "Sail Away," one of his most important compositions, is arranged by Woods to feature Crook's potent trombone. The program ends with a boisterous rendition of Woods' usual set closer, including snatches of several pieces, among themDizzy Gillespie's famous introduction to "All the Things You Are," a blistering bit of "52nd Street Theme," plus the closing tags of "Salt Peanuts" and "Harlem Nocturne." Sadly, this would be the final recording of this octet, as the death of Nick Brignola in 2002 prevented a reunion of this particular lineup of jazz all-stars.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/1991
  • Label: Chesky Records
  • UPC: 090368004727
  • Catalog Number: 47
  • Sales rank: 233,826

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Real Life (7:32)
  2. 2 Quill (9:52)
  3. 3 Idols (5:52)
  4. 4 Loose Change (8:44)
  5. 5 Waltz for Harry (6:30)
  6. 6 Sail Away (5:04)
  7. 7 Laddy Buck (8:38)
  8. 8 Bouquet (6:59)
  9. 9 Viable Blues (6:21)
  10. 10 How's Your Mama? (Phil's Theme) (3:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Phil Woods' Little Big Band Primary Artist
Phil Woods Indexed Contributor, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Track Performer
Nick Brignola Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Jim McNeely Piano
Hal Crook Trombone
Steve Gilmore Bass
Bill Goodwin Drums
Tom Harrell Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Prp
Nelson Hill Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
David Chesky Producer
Jim McNeely Arranger
Hal Crook Arranger
Norman Chesky Executive Producer
Bob Katz Engineer
Bret Primack Liner Notes
Phil Woods Arranger
Hal Wilson Art Direction
Lynette Meynig Paintings, Cover Art, Cover Painting
Scott Meynig Paintings, Cover Art, Cover Painting
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