Phil Woods Talking Jazz
For many years, Phil Woods has been called the "king of the alto saxophone." While jazz writers have felt they were flattering him by offering him the crown after Charlie Parker's death, Phil himself has never let this praise sway him from his quest for personal satisfaction and control of his musical expression. (“Better living through bebop,” as he might say.) His sound is characterized by intense passion, as if his soul is literally trying to burst through his horn. During his long career, he has employed this intensity, along with flawless technique, to conquer virtually every summit of jazz and several commercial ones as well (it was Phil’s unmistakable saxophone that graced Billy Joel's hit song "Just The Way You Are"). His ability to endure the shifting tides of the jazz life have made him a legend within the community of players the world over. True to form, when his home was destroyed by a fire recently, taking with it most of his personal momentos as well as his record collection, Phil managed to grab his horn as he fled the burning building and didn’t miss a beat getting his group, which he has kept intact for more than a decade, to the next gig. In his own words, he has become the ultimate "jazz warrior."