JazzTimes 10: Greatest Jazz Cameos on Pop Songs

Our choice of crossover moments to remember

Phil Woods on Billy Joel’s “Just the Way You Are”
from The Stranger (1977)

Woods was often asked about his memorable solo on this huge hit by the piano man. He’d usually make a joke about how little he got paid compared to Joel (“Thanks for the watch, Billy!”), but isn’t that just the way it goes for a session musician?

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