In the Groove

Kindred Spirits: New from Phil Woods and Greg Abate

91Dc1GKnpjL._SX425_In The Groove this week kicks off with a selection from a beautiful 2014 concert session by the alto saxophonists Greg Abate & the great Phil Woods which has only recently been issued. Listening to this album reminds us once again of all the great performance by Woods who passed away last year.

Here are a few earlier Phil Woods videos including a 1959 session with Clark Terry and a more recent quintet session including trumpeter Tom Harrell.

Also on the show I’m playing new music by Tom HarrellGarriel Mervine, Houston Person, Amp Trio, Harold Mabern, and by Vincent Herring.

Gerry Mulligan and Antonio Carlos Jobim

(h/t Tim F.)
Some background from a YouTube comment by Celso Candido de Souza: “This rehearsal of “One Note Samba” is probably a video recorded in early 1963 at Gerry’s apartment in NY.  … this video was filmed before the big moment of Bossa Nova at Carnegie Hall and also before the composition of “The Girl from Ipanema”.  Gerry does not even include this song on their albums.”

Happy 75th, Bobby Hutcherson!

Bobby-HutchersonBOBBY HUTCHERSON‘s birthday is January 27th. I’ve stumbled on a number of great video clips with Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, etc., and posted them below. There’s even a 1982 performance including pianist Jessica Williams. This week’s show of course spotlights more selections by Hutcherson. (photo by Dragan Tasic)

ITG also features pieces by Horace Parlan, whose 85th birthday was on January 19th, Anita O’Day, Red Nichols, Bud Powell, and Freddie Hubbard, as well as new music by the Chester Thompson Trio and Charles Lloyd And The Marvels.