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Benny Carter and Phil Woods: Another Time, Another Place

Although they had recorded together before, first in 1961 on the brilliantly executed sax section album, Further Definitions, and more recently in 1989 on a combo session entitled My Man Benny, My Man Phil, this is the first live recording ever made of these two alto giants in tandem. Taped in March 1996 during a joint appearance at the Regattabar in Cambridge, MA, this collection presents the best of three nights’ inspired blowing, and, as such, is likely to become a collectors’ item some time in the future. Since this was a live session, there were no limitations placed on time, so of the 16 selections heard over the course of the two discs the shortest, a Woods ballad feature on Carter’s “Jane!,” tracks at close to six minutes, with the majority of the numbers averaging about nine minutes each. Accompanying these two equally majesterial artists is a rhythm section composed of pianist Chris Neville, bassist John Lockwood, and drummer Sherman Ferguson, all of whom combine to provide not only a superlative backing to the soloists but also a cohesive unity in their own moments of featured space.

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