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Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Phil Woods Quintet
(Phil Woods Website)

Phil Woods on Alto Saxophone
Brian Lynch on Trumpet and Flugelhorn
Steve Gilmore on Bass
Bill Goodwin on Drums
Bill Mays on Piano

Frederick P. Rose Hall
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Broadway at 60th Street
(Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website)
Todd Barkan, Programming Director
Scott Thompson, Press

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
May 27, 2010

Tonight’s second set at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola featured the seasoned musicians of the Phil Woods Quintet: Phil Woods on alto sax, Brian Lynch on trumpet and flugelhorn, Steve Gilmore on bass, Bill Goodwin on drums, and Bill Mays on piano. It began with “Jimmy Up and Jimmy Down”, with a slow bass-piano conversation, a motif that would reappear throughout the hour. The next piece featured Lynch, a master of the trumpet, who played with seeming effortless ease. These guys were pros, and when Woods was highlighted on sax, they didn’t miss a beat. Mays, on piano, took a dissonant solo, reaching an edgy musical domain, while Lynch readied the trumpet. Goodwin presented a rambunctious drum finale.

A two-part tribute to the late jazz pianist, Hank Jones, was next, featuring Mays in the first and Lynch in the second. Mays played his original, “Have You Met Mr. Jones?”, with vocal accompaniment in casual, spoken-sung style. Brass and drums conversed with some Big Band ambiance, featuring Gilmore on bass, backed by soft piano chords and brushes. Mays came back with more lyrics, before the second, more melodic tribute began. This portion was rich in musical color and featured Woods on alto sax and Lynch on trumpet. Deep bluesy passages abounded, with Mays joining in. Bass riffs were the ornaments on this elegant tribute. The next piece showcased Lynch on mesmerizing trumpet, and it was a show-stopper. Bristling brass with subtle clavé rhythms shifted between bossa nova and foxtrot.

Frenzied, fused, and fiery connections in the final moments brought the audience to its feet in vocal appreciation. The Phil Woods Quintet is a band to re-visit.

Phil Woods on Alto Saxophone
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Phil Woods, Bill Mays on Piano,
Steve Gilmore on Bass, Bill Goodwin on Drums
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Brian Lynch on Flugelhorn,
Steve Gilmore, Bill Goodwin
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower

Phil Woods, Bill Mays,
Brian Lynch on Trumpet, Steve Gilmore
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower

Bill Mays, Brian Lynch,
Steve Gilmore
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Steve Gilmore, Bill Goodwin
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