I recently watched another excellent DVD from “The
Jazz Master Class Series at NYU” collection. In this case,
the disc featured the legendary alto saxophonist, Phil Woods
(1931 – ).

As with other volumes in this series, noted Jazz historian
Gary Giddins (1948 – ) was prominently featured on both
sides of the “interview spectrum,” asking and later answering
questions. That’s a real plus in my book! Phil Woods shared
his gifts as a performer and clinician, while observing and
advising two alto saxophonists and one tenor saxophonist.
These students were accompanied by players on the piano,
bass and drums.

In addition to the aforementioned conversations with
Giddins and Woods, there was copious student interview
footage on tap, which made all three hours and 23 minutes
on this disc worthwhile. Taped during 2005 and released
two years later, this DVD is a winner and I look forward to
watching more discs in the series.