Label: Dunhill - DHX 50051,Dunhill - DHX50051 • Format: Cassette Compilation • Country: Canada • Genre: Jazz, Pop, Stage & Screen •
T he busiest reed man of the space age pop era, Phil Bodner played on many of the albums recorded in New York studios between the mids and early s. The bigger challenge may be to find recordings he's not on. Like the other musicians mentioned above, Bodner met the essential prerequisite of superb technical proficiency on his instrument--in his case, the whole gamut of woodwinds. After studying music at New York University, he began working as a professional musician in New York City in the mids.
He spent most of the next three decades running in and out of recording studios, as he became a highly sought-after session musician. He played with Benny Goodman's small Music To Watch Girls By - The Brass Ring Featuring Phil Bodner - The Best Of The Brass Ring of the early s, and participated in countless small group jazz recordings with fellow session stars like bassist Milt Hinton and trombonist Urbie Green. He was a favorite of Don Elliott and many other Madison Avenue jingle composers, and played behind hundreds of television and radio advertising spots.
Most of the Living Jazz albums feature a light, bossa nova-flavored style on a mix of current hits, old standards, and originals penned by Bodner and others, but My Funny Valentine - Miles Davis - The Complete Concert 1964 - My Funny Valentine + Four & More unfair to dismiss them as "easy listening jazz"--even if that's what their own liner notes tried to suggest.
Bodner emerged from the anonymity of sessions when he began recording for ABC's Dunhill label at the head of a studio group known as The Brass Ring. Bodner adapted Herb Alpert's hugely successful Tijuana Brass sound, softening it by giving the melody to the reeds and loosening the rhythm to a light swinging groove.
1 is the signature sound of the mid-late s instrumental style known as the Now Sound --in fact, the Brass Ring recorded a Bodner original as the title tune for their album, "The Now Sound" Ironically, Madison Avenue paid Bodner its highest compliment and brought the Brass Ring to popular attention when it appropriated their tune, "The Disadvantages of You" as the jingle for an amusing series of television commercials for Benson and Hedges cigarettes.
However, he began to taper off in the later s, and bywas appearing regularly in New York City clubs as a member of a swing quartet along with bassist George Duvivier, Mel Lewis on drums, and Marty Napoleon on piano. All rights reserved.
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