Jimmy Woods: Not Yet


Not Yet


Jimmy Woods (alto sax)


Awakening! (Contemporary OJCCD-1859-2)

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Jimmy Woods (alto sax), Dick Whittington (piano), Gary Peacock (bass), Milt Turner (drums).

Composed by Jimmy Woods


Recorded: Los Angeles, February 19, 1962


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

In L.A. during the mid-1950s, Jimmy Woods worked as a stock clerk at the same Bullock's department store where Ornette Coleman ran the elevator. In the early '60s, Woods recorded a few albums, then vanished from the scene as quickly as he'd appeared. "Not Yet" shows the elusive force of the illusion that was Jimmy Woods. As both composer and performer, Woods simply glowed. Jazz had lots of passionate altoists during this period—Jackie McLean, Phil Woods, Ornette, Eric Dolphy—but none more inviting. Sadly, "Not Yet" was also the response of jazz's declining audience to Jimmy Woods. Our loss.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz


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