Phil Woods - Astor & Elis

Phil Woods - Astor & Elis
Phil Woods - Astor & Elis
Item# JD146

Product Description

This album began as Phil's tribute to the wonderful Brazilian singer Elis Regina, who died at 36. "Elis is my favorite singer," Phil said. "I've always carried her tapes on the road, along with some Charlie Parker, some Billie Holiday." Phil and producer Bill Goodwin worked on this album for a year. Gradually it evolved into a broader project, a salute to Piazzola as well. "We didn't do a whole lot of improvisation on the tango pieces or my salute to Astor. We were pretty true to the written page. We just tried to interpret them. But it was a chance for me to break out the clarinet." "And I've always wanted to do an album with a cello," he continued. "And Eric Friedlander was the perfect cellist for the project." Five of the 11 compositions in the album are by Piazzolla, and another Piece for Piazzolla, is Phil's tribute to him. "It's all about the pure passion of Piazzolla's music -- it's fado with jazz roots. You can almost see the bulls running..." The rest of the tunes are Brazilian, excepting Dizzy Gillespie's Con Alma. "The album is also a salute to Dizzy," Phil said. "He's the father of it all."

Track Listings

  1. Dois Pra La, Dois Pra Ca
  2. Piece for Piazzolla
  3. Adios Nonino
  4. Oblivion
  5. Milonga Del Angel
  6. Leijia's Game
  7. Invierno Porteno
  8. Elis
  9. Introduction to Cais/Atras Da Porta
  10. Nada Sera' Como Antes
  11. Con Alma