On this 1984 recording, The Contender, pianist John Wood explores several originals and two classics out of the Bill Evans songbook (Johnny Mandel’s Emily and My Foolish Heart penned by Victor Young and Ned Washington) together with a bevy of sidemen, including long-time collaborators Tony Dumas and Billy Higgins, veteran bassist LeRoy Vinnegar, vibraharpist Rickey Kelly, and drummer Ralph Penland. This is a really rare one that you are not going to find anywhere else. Original Vinyl Release.
Los Angeles Phonograph Records 1984. LAPR 1011. VG+*****