Jimmy Woods: Not Yet
Jimmy Woods (alto sax)
Awakening! (Contemporary OJCCD-1859-2)
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