This Candid recording is such a major success that it is surprising that altoist Phil Woods has rarely recorded in this context. The all-star octet not only features the altoist/leader but trumpeter Benny Bailey, trombonist Curtis Fuller, baritone saxophonist Sahib Shihab, the innovative French horn player Julius Watkins (a major factor in this music), pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Buddy Catlett, and drummer Osie Johnson. This set consists entirely of Woods' five-part "Rights of Swing" suite, which clocks in around 38 minutes. The colourful arrangements use the distinctive horns in inventive fashion and the music (which leaves room for many concise solos) holds one's interest throughout. One of Phil Woods' finest recordings, it's a true gem. Scott Yanow/AMG
This outing by Phil Woods and other members of the Quincy Jones band is thoroughly stimulating. The music is compact in its effect, but with much telling work for the solo instruments. Woods is outstanding, while there is beautiful work especially by the french horn and baritone sax players. The title is a reference to Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, and a reminder, as is the music, that Woods is one of Jazz's savviest and most commanding figures. David Saemann
Personnel: Phil Woods -alto saxophone/ Sahib Shihab -baritone saxophone / Benny Bailey -trumpet / Curtis Fuller, Willie Dennis - trombone/ Julius Watkins - French horn / Tommy Flanagan – piano / Buddy Catlett – bass/ Osie Johnson, Granville Roker - drums.
Side A: 1. Prelude And Part I 2. Part II (Ballad) 3. Part III (Waltz)
Side B: 1. Part IV (Scherzo) 2. Part V (Presto)
Cat No: CJS9016
Format: 180 gram LP x 1 standard sleeve
Released: May 2012
Supervision by Nat Hentoff
Composed and arranged by Phil Woods
Engineered by Bob d’Orleans
Re-mastering by: Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London
Recorded at Nola Penthouse Sound Studios, New York January 26, and February 10, 1961
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