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This is the final Saturday of the month, which has traditionally been a ‘down night’ here at JFASN. However, barely over a month ago, our community lost one of its most popular artists, saxophonist Phil Woods.

Woods had been an NEA Jazz Master since 2007 and had, ironically, only just retired from performing a few weeks earlier. The cause of death was emphysema.

Woods has appeared here twice, and in honor of his passing I have polished up those reviews and I now re-present them here for your approval.

b85da-woods-therevandifrontThe first Woods album I wrote about was his 1998 offering, The Rev And I, featuring the legendary Johnny Griffin, along with Cedar Walton, Peter Washington, Ben Riley, and Bill Goodwin.

091513_0207_JazzForASat1.jpgThe only other Woods album I have written about thus far was released a couple of years earlier, 1996’s Mile High Jazz: Live In Denver. That one saw him teamed with Bill Charlap, Brian Lynch, Steve Gilmore, and, once again, Bill Goodwin.

I hope you will take a few minutes to check out these two great albums from one of jazz’s true legends.

Thanks for reading this.

Al Evans
Wood Village, Oregon

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