This album began as Woods' tribute to the wonderful Brazilian singer Elis Regina. Gradually it evolved into a broader project, a salute to Astor Piazzola as well. Five of the 11 compositions in the album are by Piazzolla, and another Piece for Piazzolla, is Woods’ tribute to him. "It's all about the pure passion of Piazzolla's music—it's fado with jazz roots. You can almost see the bulls running..." The rest of the tunes are Brazilian, excepting Dizzy Gillespie's “Con Alma.” "The album is also a salute to Dizzy," Woods says. "He's the father of it all."
Main Artists Phil Woods
Bill Charlap - piano
Duduka Da Fonseca - drums, percussion
David Finck - bass
Erik Friedlander - cello
Phil Markowitz - synthesizer
Producer David Chesky, Bill Goodwin
Executive Producer Norman Chesky
Co-Producer Daniel Clurman, Steve Guttenberg, Lisa Hershfield
Engineer Bob Katz
Assistant Engineer Phillip Sztenderowicz, Barry Wolifson
Editing Engineer Nicholas Prout
Mastering Engineer Nicholas Prout
Recorded May 28-30, 1996.
This album was made with the purest audio path, using the very best microphones, mic preamps, analog-to-digital converters, recorders, and cables with careful attention to detail to produce the most transparent and natural sound available today.
Astor & Elis (JD146)
- Dois Pra L , Dois Pra C (Aldir Blanc/Joao Bosco)
- Piece For Piazzolla (Phil Woods)
- Adios Nonino (Astor Piazzolla)
- Oblivion (Astor Piazzolla)
- Milonga Del Angel (Astor Piazzolla)
- Leijia's Game (Astor Piazzolla)
- Invierno Porteno (Astor Piazzolla)
- Elis (Phil Woods)
- Introduction To Cais / Atras Da Porta (Nilton Bastos/Ronaldo Bastos)
- Nada Ser Como Antes (Milton Nascimento)
- Con Alma (Dizzy Gillespie)
Liner notes by Gene Lees.
Photography by Alan Nahigian.
Reviews"...one of his most beautiful albums to date..Woods magnificently displays both his classically trained side and his masterful jazz chops...Astor and Elis is one of my top picks for best album of 1996. It's a gorgeous CD that should appeal to Woods' fans as well as to those who love subtle South American rhythms." - Jazz & Blues