Phil Woods

Just Friends

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Phil Woods recorded frequently for the Philology label during the '90s with various supporting casts, but the results were never less than excellent. Only five of the ten pieces on this CD feature Woods with both pianist Renato Sellani and bassist Massimo Moriconi, so calling this a trio date is a little misleading. While neither man reaches the level of Woods' regular pianists or bassists over the past 25 years, they provide more than adequate support for the leader's always creative playing. A tasty mid-tempo ride through "Yesterdays" and the extended live version of "Just Friends" are the best trio tracks; while Sellani's sensitive accompaniment on "Laura" and "Everything Happens to Me" inspires Woods to his greatest heights.

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