Monday, February 17, 2014

PHIL WOODS AND HIS EUROPEAN RHYTHM MACHINE – At Frankfurt Jazz Festival (1970-LP-1971)

Label: Embryo Records – SD 530
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album; Country: US - Released: 1971
Style: Free Jazz, Post Bop
Recorded live on March 21, 1970, at the Frankfurt Jazz Festival.
Album  Design – Haig Adishian
Photography [Black & White] – Giuseppe G. Pino
Photography [Colour] – Marc Riboud
Producer – Horst Lippmann
Producer [Executive Producer] – Herbie Mann

PHIL WOODS – Saxophone [Alto]
HENRI TEXIER – Acoustic bass
DANIEL HUMAIR – Drums, Percussion

A1 Freedom Jazz Dance (Composed By – Eddie Harris) 13:30
A2 Ode A Jean-Louis (Composed By – Phil Woods) 13:30
B1 Josua (Composed By – Victor Feldman) 13:00
B2 The Meeting (Composed By – Gordon Beck) 11:00

Altoist Phil Woods' European Rhythm Machine was the most adventurous group he ever led, bordering on the avant-garde at times. The 1970 version (which includes pianist Gordon Beck, bassist Henri Texier and drummer Daniel Humair) is showcased on this performing two group originals, Victor Feldman's "Josua" and "Freedom Jazz Dance." Beck's "The Meeting" is the briefest performance at 11 minutes, while the other three selections all clock in around 13. Woods' longtime bebop fans may not be that excited by these pretty free improvisations (although the musicians were clearly listening closely to each other), but the altoist's tone remained quite recognizable. Challenging and stimulating music.


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  2. Hi,

    Many thanks for a trip down memory lane with these Phil Woods tracks. Remember listening to the rhythm machine from Montreux with Ron Matthewson on bass. Great album as are these.

  3. Hi Vitko.

    Good to see you posting Phil Woods European Rhythme Machine's albums.
    Great Band !.


  4. Hi Vitko, very great, excellent memories of that scorching Freedom jazz dance.

  5. Oh man, this is some of my favorite stuff from Phil Woods....thank you especially for sharing this one!

  6. Thanks for these Vitko. Phil Woods is burning! GRRRRRRREAT!!!

  7. Not only am I a huge Phil Woods fan but I'm really glad to see anything from Herbie Mann's Embryo label, vinyl which is nearly impossible to find. Sandy Nassan's Embryo LP was always a favorite, as I was honored to play with him and proud to call him my friend; he's a fantastic person and musician. Thank you for this!

  8. dead links - please re-up and use Zippyshare?

  9. hi - I hope you will consider re-loading this album - thanks

  10. Thanks for this. Grappelli/Caravan/Ikea brought me here. Digging in the crates.