Too bad he died so young. I have an old CD he recorded with Henry Kaiser.
Hunting down a copy of this record soon. This in particular, i find better than the original (it makes more sense?) and YMSN is pretty strong too.
You're a crazy, penniless lobster doctor. No combination of you should be a comedian.
Just discovered this album. May appeal to fans of Chick Corea or Hermeto Pascoal?
One of my favorite trumpeters is Woody Shaw (1944-1989). In the mid-60s, he began appearing as a sideman with leading artists of the era (Horace Silver, Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, Andrew Hill). One of his earliest recorded appearances was on Horace Silver’s Cape Verdean Blues (Blue Note, 1965), alongside the great saxophonist Joe Henderson. In Downbeat magazine a couple of years ago, trumpeter Dave Douglas said that he considered Cape Verdean Blues the finest Blue Note record ever. If it is, it is because of the fiery duo of Shaw and Henderson. One of Shaw’s most famous original compositions—and one of the finest tunes in the whole Blue Note catalog—is "The Moontrane," which he contributed to Larry Young’s famous Unity (Blue Note, 1965). He later re-recorded it as the title track of the 1974 record from Muse, one of earliest records as a band leader, but I find the Blue Note original has better sound quality and also has him alongside Henderson. But of all his recordings, my favorite is Little Red's Fantasy (Muse, 1976). Some of his finest recordings were in the 1970s, but this was an era in which mainstream hardbop was struggling. From 1977-1981, he recorded five records for Columbia (4 studio, 1 live), but despite winning Downbeat’s Album of the Year honors for Rosewood, his stint with the prestigious label failed to win him the wide recognition his colleagues thought his talent justly deserved. During these years, he worked with an excellent band that included pianist Mulgrew Miller and trombonist extraordinaire Steve Turre, and on occasion was joined by vibes great Bobby Hutcherson. Shaw was another of jazz’s tragic figures, dying in his 40s as a result of subway train accident. The Muse recordings were boxed up last year and won various awards, but from what I can see the price is pretty prohibitive. His Columbia years have also been boxed up a couple of years ago.
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Went out tonight in NYC (I'm on vacation) and heard Al Foster - phenomenal. Got to shake his hand and get a picture taken. Lots of other great musicians were there too, but that was special for me.
A recent discovery: pianist Orrin Evans. Last year, he had one of the best records of the year:
Orrin Evans, "It was beauty" (CrissCross, 2013)
His latest, a big band album, came out last week:
Orrin Evans' Captain Black Big Band, Mother's Touch (Posi-Tone Records, 2014)
I had hoped to find it at the Jazz Record Mart (arguably the best jazz store in the country) last week in Chicago, but it hadn't arrived yet. So it's on top of my jazz wishlist."Big band jazz is not the most lucrative style of music: after paying twenty guys for the gig, you re lucky if there s anything left over for you. But some of the most exciting composers in jazz persist in writing and recording large-ensemble pieces. Darcy James Argue is probably the most cutting-edge. Of all the purist, oldschool, blues-based big bands playing original material, pianist Orrin Evans Captain Black Big Band is without a doubt the most powerful and entertaining. For those who don t know his music, Evans is a vigorously cerebral tunesmith and one of this era's most distinctive pianists... Evans initial recording with this band was a roller-coaster ride through lively and often explosive, majestically blues-infused tunes. His new one, Mother's Touch, is arguably even better, and has a broader emotional scope.... The best song on the album and maybe the best single song thats come over the transom here this year is Dita. Throughout its long, impressionistic crescendos, elegant solo voices peeking in through the Gil Evans-like lustre and gracefully acrobatic outro, the pianist has a great time alluding to both the rhythm and the blues... [T]he whole thing is a sweeping, passionate performance from a big crew ..."--Lucid Culture
By the way, here's a link to his website:
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I have all three of the Graham Collier 3-fers on the BGO label, and this one gets my top vote!
This here is a passionate, intense and cathartic jazz album. Not for listening to too frequently.
Absolutely spot on observation; Ron Carter on bass doesn't hurt too much, either.
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Whatever floats your boat