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“HEAVEN.” Phil Woods Quintet. Blackhawk BKH 50401....

“HEAVEN.” Phil Woods Quintet. Blackhawk BKH 50401. Five mature musicians, who have worked together for periods ranging from two to 12 years, are in peak form here collectively and individually. The hell-bent modernization of “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You” plays tricky games with the melody; even the drum solo, by Bill Goodwin, makes logical sense. The title song, 1652105285rhythm section, and with Brubeck’s “The Duke” and a Harrell original in this carefully selected program, the Woods group again proves its vitality and versatility. 4 1/2 stars.


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