Woods is a physician by trade, an oncologist to be specific,
but in his spare time he finds the time to write, play, and
record smooth jazz songs. Every Part
of Me is his third release to date.
There is a
sense of depth and sophistication to the musicianship on this
CD. There is also a sense of lightness and humor
as well. He manages to combine the two opposite concepts
into an interesting blend of smooth jazz tunes.
track, “Alive, Living in Jersey,” pays
homage to his native state. His playing style on this
tune is reminiscent of Bruce Hornsby on “The Way It Is.” “Whadya
Expect?” is a mid-tempo piece supported by a funky bass
groove by Chris Kent.
William Woods focuses on creating strong
melodies which are accentuated by the members of the band:
Denny Jiosa (guitar), Chris Kent (bass), Glen Caruba (percussion),
and Raymond Massey (drums).
The title song, “Every Part
of Me,” is the standout
song on this album. It’s a melodic tune, and the
soft shadowing sound of the guitar to the piano adds a nice
touch. “Quicksand” is another interesting
song. It breaks into a Latin groove for the chorus portions
of the song. You can’t help but move when you hear
This CD plays to a variety of moods, and if you like keyboard/piano
playing with more of a laid back style, then you’ll enjoy
As with his two previous releases, “physician
Woods donates 50% of the proceeds from the sale of his CDs
to the American Cancer Society.
- Mary Bentley