Phil Woods was a true giant in jazz history. One of the preeminent saxophonists after Charlie Parker, Woods took the alto to new heights and has a legacy that will live on forever in jazz history. This week we are pulling two lines out of his solo on Blue Bossa and finding out what makes them tick. The first line demonstrates some fundamentals that will get us away from playing only 8th notes when it comes to a turnaround. Sometimes we can get in the habit of thinking that we need to fill every space and Woods shows us some masterful rhythmic playing that will ope our eyes to other possibilities.
The second line shows us how to handle a minor ii-v in masterful fashion with some great chromatic material. Make sure you grab the PDF and memorize these two licks so you can get them into your own playing. Enjoy the episode!