Additional interviews with Phil and a Phil Woods CD-ROM discography (viewable on your computer) courtesy of Jazz Improv Magazine
Phil Woods is a living legend whose career in jazz has spanned more than fifty years. His discography lists a 'who's who" of major jazz artists atarting from the early 1950's to the present. Mr.Woods is a virtuoso soloist and is widely accepted as the grand master of todays be-bop influenced saxophonists in the Parker tradition to whom he unashamedly pays tribute. The DVD captures Phil in a recording session for his "This Is How I Feel About Quincy (Jones)". The music is a sampler of the CD issued on Jazzed Media (JM1004) and leaves you wanting to hear a complete performance. It is interesting to watch the musicians in the actual process of recording and the creation of what eventually would become the finished product. Phil is featured prominently throughout in performance and personal commentary. I felt the most entertaining feature of the DVD was the verbal exchanges between the musicians and particularly Mr.Woods discussing with frankess and humor his trials and tribulations as a jazz artist from his first music lesson to his hard won recognition today as a major jazz artist. He is engaging, intelligent and humorous with a gift for story telling. Dedicated Phil Woods fans will particularly enjoy the experience. No doubt, many viewers will be prompted to buy the CD if they haven't already. "This Is How I Feel About Quincy (Jones)" is a good introduction to the creative artistry of Phil Woods.