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Old 09-26-2005   #1
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Default Sonata For Piano and Sax

One of my radio listeners here in Melbourne has e-mailed me, asking me to play Phil's Sonata for Piano and Saxophone on "Jazz On Saturday." I hate to admit it, but I'm not familiar with this work. Can I get some help tracking down a copy?

By the way, if you're interested in what we play on PBS-FM at this end of the world, go to: You'll note that rather a lot of Phil's music ends up on the Victorian airwaves on a Saturday morning.

And if you are curious about what might have happened to Charlie Parker, Charlie Christian, Leon Roppolo, Bix and Clifford Brown had they NOT died young , have a look at this rather fanciful speculation at

Looking forward to hearing Phil's new CD with Bud Shank, just as soon as I can persuade PayPal to accept my credit card numbers. I've tried three times, but PP ain't happy.
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Old 09-27-2005   #2
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Aussie Steve,

Sonata for alto sax and piano by Phil Woods was originally titled Four Moods for Alto and Piano. It was written for and dedicated to Victor Morosco. This piece is unique in they way the performer must play whats on the page as well as improvise. Victor Morosco has a recording of this on his album Double Exposure.

Hope this helps,

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Old 09-28-2005   #3
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Thanks, Brett, I'll check it out.
Host of "The Swinging Years" and "Sweet & Slow" on 3RPC-FM in Victoria.
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Old 10-01-2005   #4
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As probably a lot people here know, Phil also wrote a great piece for Sax quartet too.
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Old 10-05-2005   #5
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Phil wrote two that I know of, Three Improvisations and Deerhead Sketches. Both are fun and challenging to play. The New York Saxophone quartet has recorded both of them. Three Improvisations is on the album called "The New York Saxophone Quartet". They recorded three of the four movements of Deerhead Sketches on their album "Urbanology", on which Phil reviews the tunes in the liner notes. I'd recommend both albums to all.

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Old 02-19-2006   #6
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Default Recording of Sonata

We get questions about the availibilty of recordings of the Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano (Four Moods) so I am posting the answer to the question here. The best recording of this piece is by Victor Morosco, for whom the piece was written. I believe that Vic's recording can be purchased through his website: This recording is old now, and Phil did some rewriting of the piece, but you can get a good idea of how it goes from Mr. Morosco's interpretation. He is an extraordinary saxophonist.

I hope this will provide the answer that those seeking this piece will need.

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I have just started studying Phil's Sonata for Alto & Piano and I'm really enjoying it. I also picked up Victor Morosco's CD which is phenomenal.

However, since I have the new edition w/ Phil's revisions, I was curious if anyone knew of a good recording of the newer edition?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-23-2006   #8
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Default sax sonata 1997

i'm studiing old version as pianist.

does new version require free impro in the IV? as the old version?

what do you think about ( i heared about) Harle recording? is that available on wich label?
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Old 08-23-2006   #9
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Default Old versus New

I can't answer the question about the changes in the Sonata, but I believe that any improvisatory sections remained in the piece.

As far as a recording by John Harle, you could check at his website at: and see if he has a recording available. If not, maybe a search of his name at the various online CD stores would yield something.

Thanks for your interest in Phil's music.

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Old 12-06-2010   #10
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Smile " Sonata Phil Woods " by Tommaso Vivaldi

Hello everyone:
This version of the Sonata by Phil Woods
YouTube Video
ERROR: If you can see this, then YouTube is down or you don't have Flash installed.

I play Alto Sax and Pianoforte

In all the music stores on December 10.

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