17 May 2007
MARCO DI MARCO / CHRIS WOODS - TOGETHER IN PARIS
Marco di Marco recorded this in 1974 for Modern Jazz out of Italy and teamed up with Chris Woods for this magical collaboration.
Dusty Groove on the case as always:
One of our favorite jazz albums of all time -- and an amazing showcase for the soulful saxophone talents of American player Chris Woods! Woods spent a fair bit of his career in Paris, which is one reason why his talents aren't that well known on this side of the Atlantic -- but even there, he rarely got the chance to record -- which is one reason why this album is such a treasure. The other, though, is pianist Marco Di Marco -- the Italian player who was recording at the time with bassist Jacky Sampson and drummer Charles Saudrais -- both excellent rhythm players who helped Marco to find an amazingly fluid groove -- one that brought together elements of soul jazz, bossa, and modal rhythms, all into a mix that's as effortlessly grooving as it is sprightly, lyrical, and beautiful. Woods really rises to the occasion here, and delivers some of his most sensitive work on record -- playing both alto and flute on the session, alongside a mix of Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano from Marco, and some tasty added bongos and congas on the set
This was a tough one to find for a long time but was reissued by Arision a few years ago- although it appears to be out of stock in most places possibly deleted already.