Q (9/99, p.135) - 3 stars (out of 5) - "...[manages] to combine orchestrated sensitivity with Wood's own grandstanding. It all has a certain suede-jacketed charm."
Personnel includes: Phil Woods (arranger, alto saxophone); Jerry Dodgion, Jerome Richardson, Roneo Penque (reeds); Thad Jones (trumpet, flugelhorn); Jimmy Cleveland, Ray Alonge, Jimmy Buffington, Tony Studd (trombone); Henri Aubert, Julius Brand, Emanuel Green, Julius Held, Leo Kahn, Harry Katzman, Joe Malin, George Ockner, Raoul Poliakin, Max Pollikoff, Tosha Samaroff, Julius Schachter, Paul Gershman, Max Kahn, Frederick Buldrini (violin); Julian Barber, Alfred V. Brown, Harold Coletta, Cal Fleisig (viola); Kermit Moore, George Ricci (cello); Herbie Hancock, Sir Roland Hanna (piano); Richard Davis (bass); Grady Tate (drums).
Producer: Johnny Pate.
Reissue producer: Bryan Koniarz.
Recorded at A & R Recording, New York, New York in July 1969. Originally released on Verve (V6-8791). Includes original liner notes by Johnny Pate.
Digitally remastered by Kevin "BEC" Reeves (PolyGram Studios).
This is part of Verve's By Request series.
This date features Phil Woods with a large orchestra. Woods' playing is inspired, though some of the songs, including the title track, "Love Song for a Dead Che" and "I'm All Smiles" sound rather dated, as if they might have been appropriate for a movie soundtrack of the era. Woods' "Solitude" and Gordon Jenkins' timeless "This Is All I Ask" are attractive ballads, as is "Here's That Rainy Day." Woods' fans will want to pick this up. ~ Ken Dryden
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