Second Time Around
2nd Time Around-Simply Cooking II Even if you have not heard the first volume of Simply Cooking from last year, you will know from the opening bars of Cole Porter's "What is This Thing Called Love" exactly what you are in for on this collection of standards and jazz classics by some of Virginia's finest instrumentalists. Hod O'Brien's eloquent introduction and Lew Woodall's heartfelt declamation of the melody make it clear you are in the hands of some masters of swing, so fear not. In fact, with Second Time Around, Lew Woodall and company set the table with a kind of audio comfort food. This set will satisfy your craving for straight-ahead jazz played with taste and style, whether it's an Ellington blues, a Jobim bossa, or a touching ballad like Burk and VanHusen's "It Could Happen to You." A word should be said in support of Philology Records, which has released over 400 recordings now of not only the best Italian jazz musicians, but great American players like Phil Woods (for whom the label is named), and Lee Konitz. It is also part of Philology's mission to bring to light the work of worthy musicians like Lew Woodall, who has some beautiful music in him that deserves to be heard, but is not exactly a household name. And of course they should get some kind of medal for making available more music by the remarkable, ageless Hod O'Brien, one of the finest practitioners of the art of bebop piano in the tradition of his biggest influence, Bud Powell. So regardless of whether you are at home, at work, or on the road, put on this CD and prepare to be transported to your comfort zone, as Woodall, O'Brien and company "simply cook" for you. Gary Funston Host of Living Time WTJU, Charlottesville University of Virginia Lew Woodall is a good, raw, grassroots blues and country influenced guitar player with a hard-driving swing, reminiscent of Cal Collins. He's no pussy-footer. He plays my kind of music!" Jazz Pianist Hod O'Brien Lew Woodall is proof that one doesn't need a formal music education to be an accomplished musician if one has natural musical ability. Lew is a talented natural musician with a great musical ear." Jazz Guitarist Royce Campbell ...It's just pure and simple guitar playing with a lot of soul and feeling straight from the heart! I think you'll both enjoy and remember Lew Woodall. Charlie Perkinson, Host "All That Jazz" and "Jazz Tonight" WVTF Public Radio, Roanoke, VA.