Setting Standards - Woody Shaw | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic
Aug 14, Woody Shaw makes his recorded debut on this July date with now available through Mosaic Records' new box set The Complete Muse Sessions. Shaw rode out the s doing mostly standards and jazz classics. Find album credit information for Setting Standards - Woody Shaw on AllMusic. Jul 1, Jazz was too heady for most kids who had just started dating, owned As Woody Shaw III's liner notes to the set point out, his father's music with psychedelic rock, and Muse looked to cash in on Shaw's standards albums.
The Moontrane is also notable for Shaw's chosen band mates. Five years his junior, pianist Onaje Allan Gumbs turns in a definitive performance on only his fourth major recording date, following two Betty Carter sessions and one with Norman Connors. Trombonist Steve Turre was younger still eight years Shaw's juniorand while his voice was still germinating he still managed to contribute the powerful, Latin- tinged "Sanyas" to the date, featuring a seminal bass solo from Cecil McBee sharing the record's bass chair with Buster Williams.
His soprano solo on both takes of Shaw's percussion-heavy "Katrina Ballerina" channel the spirit of Coltrane, albeit imbued with a greater sense of space, while his gritty tenor on "Tapscott's Blues" is already indicative of a considerably more personal approach. It could mean that Shaw's sessions were so good that there weren't any additional takes, or that they've simply been lost over the years but, based on his reputation, it's a fair guess it's the former.
Most of the recordings collected in the box have been out of print in hard media for at least a decade, and only a couple of titles are available in digital format, so the release of The Complete Muse Sessions comes at a time when it's even more important to ensure that Shaw's legacy remains alive and in the public eye and ear.
Which leaves Shaw's final three recordings for Muse in the mid-to-late-'80s: Setting Standards, a quartet date that, with Shaw alone in the frontline and all the more revelatory for it, seems a little curious for its inclusion of the theme to the popular Spiderman animated television series, as does his decision to put "The Woody Woodpecker Song" on Solid.
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Still, odd though these choices might seem, in both cases Shaw's performances are beyond exemplary; his eyesight may have been failing but, if anything, his technical mastery of his instrument had reached a level where he could turn the most mundane material into searing exploratory vehicles.
The album's title track, a mid-tempo blues, is also notable as Shaw's only recording to feature a guitarist, in this case Ottawa, Canada-born six-stringer Peter Leitchwhile another Canadian, British Columbia-born bassist Neil Swainsonkeeps the engine room stoked alongside drummer Victor Jones. Possible minor surface noise when played. Should still shine under a light, but one or two marks may show up when tilted. Can have a few small marks that may show up easily, but which do not affect play at all.
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