Marty Nau & Phil Woods: Delawareness
The Marty Nau Group (with Phil Woods)
At the Bouquet Chorale (Summit 410)
Robert Tedd (piano), Tommy Cecil (bass), Dominic Smith (drums).
Composed by Vince Lardear.
Recorded: Saylorsburg, PA, May 26, 2004
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Delaware is steeped in American history. Long before becoming the first state, the name was attached to a river, bay and Indian tribe, all named in "honor" of Lord De La Warr, a brutal 17th-century English colonial governor who did his damnedest to exterminate Native Americans. Since 1976, the name has also been associated with Delaware Water Gap resident Phil Woods. Here he pairs with altoist Vince Lardear in what will inevitably remind Phil's fans of his hard-blowing 1950s romps with Gene Quill. Half a century later, the Woodsman (who solos first) could still cut through a choir of chainsaws.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz
Tags: alto sax