Franco D'Andrea

Solo 3: Woods

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This solo piano CD by Franco d'Andrea, one of several he recorded simultaneously in early 2001, is primarily devoted to the works of Phil Woods, with whom the pianist has previously recorded a number of memorable releases for Philology. D'Andrea took an interesting approach to the project; not only did he record several different tributes over a series of several studio sessions, alternating between each composer, but many of the songs heard on this disc are not among Woods' best-known compositions, and they are frequently heard in medley form. The jaunty "Banja Luka" is reminiscent of Monk at times, while the infectious "Gar's Waltz" is heard on its own, as well as wrapping a medley that includes "Ode a Jean Louis" and the warm tribute to Benny Carter, "My Man Benny." D'Andrea's "Abstractly for Phil" is in the spirit of the saxophonist even if he didn't write it himself. Woods was very pleased with the results and his fans should be as well.