Phil Woods plays “You Must Believe in Spring”

March 18.2017


Michel Legrandによるこの作品はPhil Woodsにとって忘れられない曲となりました。Michel はこの作品をライブ演奏のハイライトとしてPhil Woodsを起用しました。当時、Phil WoodsはCharlie Chanとの離婚と再婚した妻の病気により経済的危機に直面していました。彼は「乾坤一擲」の気持で演奏しました。その結果、RCAと契約し妻の医療費を支払うことが出来たそうです。

Legendary producer Tommy LiPuma died on March 13.

JazzWax Marc Myers’ tribute is here.


Tommy LiPuma with Barbra Streisand and Geroge Benson at the 1977 Grammy Awards ceremony by courtesy of Cleveland .com

In 1977 he produced Bill Evans’ album “You must Believe in Spring.”

I guess Tommy was fond of the piece, “You must Believe in Spring.”

Also this piece had became the significant work for Phil Woods.

I referred to JazzWax interview with Phil Woods(2009/2).

When Phil Woods divorced Charlie Chan Parker, he was a crisis in the financially.

In those days he had fallen in love with Jill, his current wife.

Unfortunately she was ill at the time.

So he had to earn good money for her medical expence.

Photo above of Michel Legrand

Phil was heading back into the New York club to record with Michel Legrand.

Michel Legrand featured this piece as a highlight of a live performance.

Phil played this piece with all his strength.

Consequently he contracted with RCA label and could pay a fee for medical treatment.

Here is Bill Evans plays “You Must Believe In Spring”.

Here is Michel Legrand and Phil Woods play “You Must Believe In Spring”.

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