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6.2 A Tribute to Phil Woods with Greg Abate and Richie Cole at Narrows

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Thursday, June 2, 2016 8p
Greg Abate & Richie Cole
Tribute to Phile Woods
Narrows Center for the Arts
16 Anawan St.
Fall River, MA 02721
Tel: 508-324-1926
Tickets: $25/in advance- $28/day of show

A Tribute to Phil Woods  with  Greg Abate and  Richie  Cole at  Narrows

Join us Thursday, June 2, 2016 for a TRIBUTE TO PHIL WOODS with Greg Abate and Richie Cole for the recent cd Kindred Spirits Live at Chan’s. Doors open at 7:00p and the show starts at 8:00p at Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan Street, Fall River, Massachusetts.
The two saxophonists come together on this very special evening to honor alto saxophone legend Phil Woods. Composer, mentor, bandleader Phil Woods won 4 GRAMMY AWARDS. In 2007 he was named a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master and received a Living Jazz Legend Award from the Kennedy Center.
Grammy-nominated saxophonist Greg Abate has over 17 recordings as a leader and is one of the busiest saxophonists in New England, peforming at jazz clubs and festivals in the U.S. and internationally. Allaboutjazz.com reviewer Dan McClenaghan had this to say about Kindred Spirits:
“The legendary alto saxophonist Phil Woods’ (1931-2015) health was failing at the time Kindred Spirits: Live at Chan’s was recorded, but you never know it by listening to the crisp delivery, the vitality of a hot bebop band playing in the mode of the iconic altoist Charlie Parker.”
Saxophonist Richie Cole is the perfect choice to share the stage with Abate for this engagement at Narrows. Cole’s jazz roots run deep in bebop and he has a real fire to his playing. Cole received a DownBeat scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston, but left after 2 years to play with The Buddy Rich Big Band and has performed with vocalist Eddie Jefferson, Freddie Hubbard, Lionel Hampton and many others, in addition to recording and performing under his own name and with his group, “Alto Madness.”
Cole was also featured on Abate’s 2008 recording, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
“I sleep a lot better knowing there are alto players like Greg! It was a joy to make music with him and he writes good songs that are challenging.” Phil Woods
For more information on Kindred Spirits Live at Chan’s Greg Abate & Phil Woods with the Tim Ray Trio
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Greg Abate & Phil Woods “Kindred Spirits” review in papatamus for candence mag/April issue

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Papatamus April 2016

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Step right up folks lets see who has the last recording PHIL WOODS [as] made before he died. The January 2016 Papatamus covered 2, one on Chiaroscuro from 6/13 and one from Deer Head Records from 11/10/14 (Woods died 9/29/15 and he was active almost up to that date). Now Whaling City Sound has issued a double CD, KINDRED SPIRITS LIVE AT CHAN’S [WCS 077], with WOODS, GREG ABATE [as/ss], Tim Ray [p], John Lockwood [b], and Mark Walker [drm]. The 2 sets [2:04:02] here were recorded 8/11/14 and as one might suspect it is yet another fine Woods date spurned on by another front line saxman. I did not realize how close in sound Abate was to Woods and I would have guessed my ear could have picked out one from another but I could not always. Fortunately Whaling City has provided help in identifying who is playing when. Oddly, Whaling City has chosen to put intros and some stage gab at the end of each disc and here there is no doubt whose voice is whose. What is not a surprise is how good the music is as both saxmen have good track records; Abate continuing his and Woods strong to the last moment. 13 standards and some chatter familiar and fine. ~rdr

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