Phil Woods With Strings – The Thrill Is Gone (2003) {SACD ISO + FLAC}

Phil Woods With Strings – The Thrill Is Gone (2003)
Pio BDP-80FD Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 >1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Front+Back | 2.19 GB
FLAC tracks 2.0 24bit/88.2 kHz | Front+Back | 1.07 GB
Genre: Jazz

Phil Woods is right at home during these 2002 sessions at Red Rock Recording Studio near his home in Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania. With his regular group (Bill Charlap, Steve Gilmore, and Bill Goodwin) minus trumpeter Brian Lynch, Woods adds strings conducted by his old friend Eric Doney on this collection of ballads. “And When We’re Young” is the alto saxophonist’s tribute to the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated around the time it was written. The leader’s lush alto gives way to a brisk Latin-flavored passage featuring powerful solos by violinist Andy Stein and Charlap on piano, while Woods humorously detours into “Nature Boy” upon his return. The strings introduce a lively arrangement of “It Never Entered My Mind,” and another favorite of the alto saxophonist, “If I Should Lose You.” Unlike many jazz recordings with strings, they complement rather than overwhelm the musicians. But it is almost impossible for a Phil Woods-led date to turn out less than excellent.

1. And When We’re Young
2. I Get Along Without You Very Well
3. You Go To My Head
4. It Never Entered My Mind
5. The Thrill Is Gone
6. Easy To Love
7. The Nearness Of You
8. If I Should Lose You
9. Solitude

Phil Woods – alto sax
Bill Charlap – piano
Steve Gilmore – bass
Bill Goodwin – drums
Eric Doney – conductor
Andy Stein – violin
Tony Posk – violin
Olivia Koppell – viola
Alfred Brown – viola
Jesse Levy – cello