Real Life (JD47)

  1. Real Life
  2. Quill
  3. Idols
  4. Loose Change
  5. Waltz For Harry
  6. Sail Away
  7. Laddy Buck
  8. Bouquet
  9. Viable Blues
  10. How's Your Mama?

Phil Woods, the searing alto saxist and clarinetist, calls his occasional expanded combo "the Little Big Band". Listeners will find that the inclusion of three horns to his quintet adds to the excitement. Real Life, the octet's second recording, offers up a hot band with inventive solos and big-sounding, imaginative ensembles. This is an album with no let downs.


"Phil Woods's octet roars through the tunes on this disc with an energy that slapped me in the face, slammed me down in my chair, and said LISTEN! I did; I can sincerely say that this is the one I've been waiting for from Chesky Jazz. This music is as vital as anything else recorded today, and is a must for modern jazz lovers."

- Guy Lemcoe, Stereophile