Here’s the story: back in the mid-80’s on National Public Radio (NPR) in America, a show ran called Sidran On Record. Presented by Ben Sidran, a musician, author, lecturer and journalist, the show featured interviews with the great and the good from the world of Jazz. Miles, Dizzy, Herbie and Grover were amongst 60 interviews that ran over the course of 5 years. Many of the legends featured are sadly no longer with us, but the recordings are, and several years back Ben released these as part of a wonderful, 24 CD box set called Talking Jazz – bringing to life a golden period of entertainment and understanding as we learn about the masters, their thoughts and their works. Whilst this may seem like an advert for this prestigious box set, it isn’t really. Promise. We’ve been in touch with Ben and asked for his permission to use these interviews and create our own shows based on his works. Ben gave it two thumbs up and we’re delighted to present to you Talking Jazz with Ben Sidran – our most ambitious project to date.
Episode Seven is produced by Scott Fugate, who once again expertly puts together a wonderful show around Ben Sidran’s next interviewee: alto saxophonist, clarinettist, bandleader and composer: Phil Woods. Often referred to as the ‘New Bird’ along with Sonny Stitt and Cannonball Adderley, Woods is known for his work in both the world of Avant Garde Jazz whilst also being able to cross over into mainstream pop alongside Billy Joel and Steely Dan. Married to Charlie Parker’s widow Chan, they spent much of their earlier life together in France before returning to the USA in 1972 where Woods’ went on to be nominated for seven Grammy awards and winning four. He has played alongside the very best and recorded for over fifty years. His interview may not be the longest in the series but his style, as you’ll hear, is instantly and magnificently recognisable.
If you fancy buying the essential box set, which includes the full sixty interviews, then here’s where you need to go.
Talking Jazz with Ben Sidran
Episode 7: Phil Woods
Artist – Track – Album – Year
Billy Joel Just The Way You Are (feat. Phil Woods) The Stranger 1977
Phil Woods Quartet Strollin’ With Pam Woodlore + 4 1956
Phil Woods Ollie I Remember 1979
Phil Woods Quartet Trouble Is A Man European Tour Live 1980
Phil Woods Quartet (feat. Gene Quill) Doxie I Phil Talks With Quill 1957
Cannonball Adderley Quintet Winetone The Cannonball Adderley Quintet Plus 1961
Dizzie Gillespie (feat. Phil Woods Quintet) Whasidishean
Dizzie Gillespie Meets Phil Woods Quintet 1987
Phil Woods Quintet (feat. Tom Harrell) Ya Know Gratitude 1986
Phil Woods / Tommy Flanagan / Red Mitchell Reets Neet Three For All 1981
Pepper Adams I’ve Just Seen Her Encounter! 1968
Phil Woods Quartet Gunga Din Warm Woods 1958
Phil Woods & The Bill Charlap Trio “Philly” Twist (feat. Roy Hargrove) Voyage 2001