Starting in the 1950s, Phil recorded relentlessly as a leader and sideman, and was in solid demand as a soloist by big bands that wanted his urgent, crane-like bluesy sound soaring over the top of their ensembles. Yet Phil never felt he was better than anyone and was available to everyone. He simply put his faith in his passion for bebop without compromising or giving anything less than everything he had.
Legendary alto saxophonist Phil Woods sadly passed away at the age of 83 on Sept 29, and here you find a great interview with him.
I had the luck to see him live many years ago in a small concert hall in Germany. Needless to say it was a great one.