美国昔士风大师Phil Woods畅销名盘，伙拍钢琴家Bill Charlap等演绎多首名曲，以单层SACD推出，这个备受发烧友及音响界推崇的制式，提供如在现场欣赏的靚绝音效。
现在、アルト．サックスの人気、実力ともナンバー．ワンのフィル．ウッズ率いるクインテットがブルース．フィーリングいっぱいにバラードの极意を披露！ ピアノのビル．チャーラップ、トランペットのブライアン．リンチのプレイも最高のソロを聴かせてくれる。バラード曲、ブルース曲の大家、デューク．エリン トンの片腕、ビリー．ストレイホンの名曲を大都会の哀愁をこめてフィル．ウッズ．クインテットが演奏。
Venus Gives New Life To Jazz. Venus is Jazz.
Venus制作人原哲夫先生：「Venus爵士乐希望能够带给乐迷们如同坐在Jazz Club第一排中间座位听音乐那样的感动。因此，请大家在自己心爱的音响系统中聆听Venus，重现舞台的原貌。相信一定可以让您们享受到真正的Acoustic Jazz Sound！」 来自日本的Venus厂牌，成立於1992年，录制了为数眾多的经典爵士名盘，其音乐层次丰富、充满渲染力，而能让听眾如临现场的高水準录音品质也是Venus的一大特色，不少专辑都陆续推出了高音质HQCD版及黑胶版，旗下唱片更屡屡荣获日本专业爵士乐杂誌Swing Journal金赏奖。原哲夫在Venus中投入了对爵士乐的热情，迄今，Venus已成为日本爵士乐界最受瞩目的厂牌之一。
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菲尔．伍兹四重奏 - 民谣与蓝调 CD
Phil Woods Quintet: Ballads & Blues
Alto saxophonist Phil Woods is a consummate musician whose mastery of improvisation is second to none. He extends from the holy alto trinity—Benny Carter, Johnny Hodges, Charlie Parker—and has carved a distinctive, influential style. If Paul Desmond's sound is akin to a dry martini, Woods' is like high-grade cognac, sensual and luxurious, burnished with virile delight that warms your body.
His apprenticeship with Charlie Barnet, Dizzy Gillespie, Gerry Mulligan, Quincy Jones, Oliver Nelson, Buddy Rich, Thelonious Monk and Clark Terry prepared him for leadership, especially of his quartets and quintets, which, over the past 30+ years, have included bassist Steve Gilmore and drummer Bill Goodwin. The three recordings here feature these rhythm section stalwarts, who provide sympathetic support for Woods in any context.
Ballads & Blues celebrates compositions by Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington (as well as one by Hoagy Carmichael). Trumpeter Brian Lynch, a member of Woods' quintet since 1992, is a good foil for the alto legend, as on Carmichael's "How Little We Know". Lynch's solo is a model of tasteful note selection and his unison lines with Woods blend perfectly. Bill Charlap's solo rendition of "Lush Life" has a tender, precise quality, which epitomizes his attitude in Woods' ensemble for 14 years. The band sways with a tinge of sadness on "Blood Count" and swings "Johnny Come Lately" with optimism.
Live at the Jazz Showcase has Jim McNeely (who held the piano chair in Woods' group from 1990-95) and the co-leader of the date, Bob Lark, on flugelhorn. Lark, director of DePaul University's Jazz Studies Program in Chicago, contributes three good tunes to the session. On the hip, mid-tempo opener "Ravenswood," Lark takes a sure solo with shades of Clark Terry influence, whereas Woods builds slowly, stretching out references to the melody into a full-throated blues with a dash of double-time. The Latin-tinged "Mad Dan's" finds Woods sprinting from the gate and sprinkling his improv with allusions, such as the opening phrases of Dizzy Gillespie's "Be Bop".
On all his recordings, Woods stars yet leaves room for his fellow musicians to shine. This generosity holds especially true for The Children's Suite, inspired by the verses of AA Milne's Now We Are Six. Milne, famous for the Winnie the Pooh series, wrote for the child in us all and Woods' writing talents are on full display as a big band (with strings) swings with whimsical fancy to engage young and old. English actor Peter Dennis and singers Vicki Doney and Bob Dorough (of "School House Rock" fame) are marvelous in their vocal renditions of the text. The suite captures the varying moods of youth, as the music is by turns mock-serious, hopeful, bittersweet, circus-like or giddy. Woods employs mainstream jazz, classical and even rock styles and displays almost as much chops with his pencil as with his horn.
Tracks and Personnel
Ballads & Blues
Tracks: Blood Count; Flower is a Lovesome Thing; Balcony Serenade; Isfahan; Ballad Medley: I Didn't Know About You, Lotus Blossom, Don't You Know I Care; How Little We Know; Ballad For Very Tired and Very Sad Lotus Eaters; Lush Life; My Little Brown Book; Rain Check; Jonny Come Lately; Take the A Train
Personnel: Phil Woods: alto sax; Brian Lynch: trumpet; Bill Charlap: piano; Steve Gilmore: bass; Bill Goodwin: drums
01. Blood Count - 4:06 (Billy Strayhorn)
02. A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing – 4:56 (Billy Strayhorn)
03. Balcony Serenade – 3:59 (Billy Strayhorn)
04. Isfahan – 4:11 (Billy Strayhorn)
05. Ballad Medley~I Didn’t Know About You~Lotus Blossom~Don’t You Know I Care – 7:51 (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn)
06. How Little We Know – 8:28 (Hoagy Carmichael)
07. Ballad For Very Tired And Very Sad Lotus Eaters – 4:55 (Billy Strayhorn)
08. Lush Life – 3:49 (Billy Strayhorn)
09. My Little Brown Book – 4:07 (Billy Strayhorn)
10. Rain Check – 4:55 (Billy Strayhorn)
11. Jonny Come Lately – 4:03 (Billy Strayhorn)
12. Take The “A” Train – 5:24 (Duke Ellington)