Here is a swingin’ alto saxophone solo by the great alto sax player Phil Woods. Someone posted this recording on Facebook earlier this month and I was blown away when I heard it as I had never heard this Phil Woods recording before.
I have been playing a Drake Phil Woods model alto saxophone mouthpiece for the last few weeks that is advertised as an exact copy of Phil Woods vintage NY Meyer. The Drake Phil Woods mouthpiece plays great and I thought it would be cool to work on a new Phil Woods solo as I was playing the Drake mouthpiece in preparation for a review.
Sadly, Phil Woods passed away on September 29th, 2015. He had a huge impact on me as a young high school student. I used to go to the local library to check out jazz albums and I remember hearing Phil’s recording of Musique Du Bois, Warm Woods and Live from the Showboat. Those albums and Phil’s playing on them just spoke to me as a young high school student. He would play these killer lines coupled with a depth of expression and feeling that I had not heard before in jazz players. Those elements coupled with the most beautiful and gorgeous alto saxophone tone I had ever heard and I was addicted.
I remember getting a book of Phil Woods transcriptions at the local music store (I believe they were by Trent Kynaston) and practicing those solos over and over again as I tried to copy the tone, articulation, bends, growls and everything else I could to sound just a bit more like Phil Woods.
I miss Phil Woods and am so grateful for his life and musical legacy he has left behind. Thank you Mr. Woods for another great alto sax solo for me to dig into. If you have any thoughts on this solo or Phil Woods please feel free to share them in the comment section below. Steve
Phil Woods Alto Sax Solo-Stolen Moments (starts at 1:11)
If you love these type of solo lines, be sure to check out my PDF books Mastering the Dominant Bebop Scale and Mastering the Dominant Bebop Scale-Book 2, which both include a ton of jazz vocabulary that I have written out in all 12 keys. These lines are the foundation to building a great jazz vocabulary!!