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The Phil Woods Quintet: American Songbook

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The new Swiss record label Kind of Blue has come out swinging with several fine recordings in recent months, and this set of standards recorded by alto sax great Phil Woods and his longstanding quintet is clearly a winner. Surprisingly, pairing Woods and his band with a set of classic tunes from the Great American Songbook hasn’t been done before in the recording studio.

As Nat Hentoff points out in his liner notes, Woods hasn’t really focused on performing standards over the course of his lengthy career. Woods himself states, “Many of my other albums have focused on obscure pieces by Duke Ellington and Oliver Nelson, my originals and blowing sessions.”

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