Phil Woods

Phil Woods and His European Rhythm Machine at the Montreux

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Phil Woods' European Rhythm Machine, an adventurous unit that really challenged the altoist, was one of the most underrated groups of the 1968-70 period. This hard-to-find but exciting LP features Woods with pianist George Gruntz, bassist Henri Texier and drummer Daniel Humair on lengthy renditions of compositions by Gruntz, Carla Bley, Herbie Hancock ("Riot") and Leonard Feather (an emotional "I Remember Bird"). It is very good to hear Phil Woods playing post-bop and almost avant-garde music for a change, but it is a pity that all of the intriguing group's recordings are currently out of print.

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