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  • Phil Woods (2001)

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    As tenor sax giant Zoot Sims said as he watched the astronauts land on the moon, "Look at that! Wow! And I'm still playing Indiana!"


    That is how I feel about the new technology. (I still play Indiana, but to quote Zoot's partner, Al Cohn, I am using my own changes). It is astounding! I have been writing music (well, entering music, the writing is done before I touch a key - mostly!) using a computer for well over 15 years now, ever since Jill brought info from John LaBarbera about Music Printer Plus, one of the first music writing programs. It was DOS based and is now relegated to dinosaur status. I still have it on my hard-drive and it contains thousands of pieces, charts, tunes, etc. I am gradually entering them in my new program, Sibelius (now version 4). What a difference! It is too lengthy to explain but what a giant leap for composers.

    In 2004 I sent 15 arrangements by snail mail to Spain and they never got there! After a couple of months they came back. Enter PDF files. I checked Sibelius and it is compatible with Adobe Acrobat. Say no more - I was off and running! And so dear friends and fans I am putting all of my jams and jellies onto my web page. I have my dear wife Jill and my number one son Garth to thank for helping me stay au courant with life in the new millennium. So welcome to the up to date, state-of the-art Patron's Club page of yours truly.

    This is just the beginning! I plan to make my complete creative output (over 50 years worth!) available through this medium. Please let me know what you think, what you would like, comments, criticism (I can take it - I have outlived three generations of music critics. They're gone - I am still ticking and bopping!). Welcome! Bienvenu! Bienvenida! Benvenuto! Wilkommen! Kahngehsooroo! Boas-vindas! Het welkom! Mottaskelse!
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Charlie Parker Charlie Parker with Strings: The Master Takes Just Friends (Verve)
    # 2 Béla Bartók Concerto for Orchestra, BRT Philharmonic Orchestra, Brussels, conducted by Alexander Rahbari Andante Tranquillo from "Music for Strings, Percussion, & Celesta", Sz 106 (Naxos)
    # 3 Dizzy Gillespie Dizzy in South America, Vol. 1 Jessica's Day (CAP)
    # 4 Astor Piazzolla Libertango Milonga del Angel (Milan)
    # 5 Antonio Carlos Jobim and Elis Regina Elis and Tom Águas de Março (Verve)
    # 6 Duke Ellington ... And His Mother Called Him "Bill" Day Dream (RCA)
    # 7 Cannonball Adderley Know What I Mean? Waltz for Debby (OJC)
    # 8 Frank Sinatra The Very Best of Frank Sinatra The Way You Look Tonight (Reprise)
             
    Book The Norton Anthology of English Literature
             
    Luxury Item A six-burner Viking stove and a fishing pole
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