Phil Woods

The Macerata Concert, Vol. 3

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The final volume of the Macerata concert still finds the Phil Woods Quartet at a creative peak. A long version of "All Through the Night" is followed by an attempt to call it a night with Woods' catchy "Phil's Theme" (aka "How's Your Mama?"). The engineer was evidently caught off guard by the impromptu encore of "Nica's Dream" because the introduction is faded up. The final track features Woods in front of an unidentified orchestra; since there is an announcer introducing this song, it may have originated from a European broadcast and is likely not from the same concert. Again, the less than perfect sound makes this record a little less desirable, but serious Woods fans will find that the search for it is worth it.