The alto saxophonist and composer Jimmy Woods made adventurous contributions to the jazz of the first half of the 1960s, then seems to have disappeared from music. His two Contemporary albums, a sideman appearance with trumpeter Joe Gordon (Lookin' Good, OJCCD-1934-2), and a solo on a Gerald Wilson session comprise his recorded legacy. Woods was born in St. Louis and grew up in Seattle, where he learned to play clarinet, then alto sax. At 15, he played in a Bumps Blackwell band for which Quincy Jones was the arranger. Contemporary added Woods to the roster after Ornette Coleman moved to another label. Not quite the iconoclast that Coleman was, Woods nonetheless approached music with a spirit of freedom from jazz convention. Pianist Andrew Hill and Elvin Jones, John Coltrane's drummer, shared that spirit. Woods's music also accommodated the more traditional approaches of trumpeter Carmell Jones, tenor saxophonist Harold Land, and bassist George Tucker. This new edition of Conflict includes previously unreleased alternate versions of three Woods compositions.
with Carmell Jones, Harold Land, Andrew Hill, George Tucker, Elvin Jones