Monday, June 3, 2013

Phil Woods, Gene Quill, Sahib Shihab... Four Altos

Even with Phil Woods standing out, the "four altos" on this jam session all sound pretty similar. Few listeners will be able to consistently pick out which solos are by Gene Quill and which by Sahib Shihab, Hal Stein or Woods, and unfortunately there are no real liner notes (except basic information) on this budget LP. The solos (and the backup of pianist Mal Waldron, bassist Tommy Potter and drummer Louis Hayes) are generally hard-swinging and well-played, but the strong influence of Charlie Parker makes all of the altoists sound alike.
Scott Yanow

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Phil Woods, Gene Quill, Sahib Shihab
Hal Stein
Four Altos


1 Pedal Eyes (Waldron) 7:34
2 Kokochee (Charles) 6:25
3 No More Nights (Charles) 4:58
4 Kinda Kanonic (Stein) 5:59
5 Don't Blame Me (Fields, McHugh, Raksin, Wess) 4:57
6 Staggers (Waldron) 8:23

Phil Woods, Gene Quill, Sahib Shihab, Hal Stein - as
Mal Waldron - p
Tommy Potter - b
Louis Hayes - dr

Recorded in Hackensack, New Jersey ; February 9, 1957


Bhowani said...

woods, quill, shihab, stein

Thank you mel, always in the "excellence" !!!

blbs said...

Very nice!. Thank you, Mel.

laconico said...

Another great choice. Thanks Mel.

rowgatien said...


grumpy said...

Thanks Mel, this one's new to me.

jazzfriend said...



Otis Foster said...

Thanks Mel - replaces my mp3s

Peter said...

Thanks a lot for this! My main interest is Shihab.

Melanchthon said...

Chris said...

Thanks Mel for the upgrade! Such fine players.

Tibau said...

This is a fine album.!!

Prof. Yaffle said...

Looking forward to this. Many thanks.

Guitarradeplastico your favorite musician said...

please re-post