Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Woody Shaw: The Great Innovator

While I was away this past Monday (Dec. 24th), we celebrated Woody Shaw's Birthday. The late legendary trumpeter and composer, who passed away back in 1989, would have been 68 years old. Often referred to by many as the "last innovator" in the jazz trumpet lineage, Shaw was by far one the most talented and innovative jazz musicians of his generation. As a leader, he recorded and released a number of amazing albums including Blackstone Legacy, Love Dance, The Moontrane, Song of Songs and many others, while contributing on dates with other legendary jazz greats like Art Blakey, Larry Young, Horace Silver, Jackie Maclean, McCoy Tyner, Joe Henderson, Gary Bartz and Archie Shepp to name just a few. Even though this great musician was taken from us way to early at the age of 44, his influence and legacy has forever lived on through both his brilliant body of recordings and the lasting impressions he made on those that were fortunate to know him. Happy Birthday Woody Shaw!

Here is just a few of my favorite recordings featuring the legendary trumpeter as a leader. ENJOY!

Woody Shaw - The Moontrane

Woody Shaw - Love Dance

Woody Shaw - Blackstone Legacy

Woody Shaw - Sanyas

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