PopMarket.com, a new division of Sony Music, releases The Complete Columbia Albums Collection of Woody Shaw. Produced by Michael Cuscuna and Woody Shaw III (also graphic designer, author, curator and project director), the new set features all of Woody Shaw’s Columbia recordings remastered plus new bonus tracks from the Stepping Stones session, with new liner notes, new photography and art work.
This material has been hard to come by and I’m so glad Columbia
made it available. I bought Rosewood back in 1978 when it was released
and later Stepping Stones but to have these additional 4 albums now is
bringing plenty of joy. Thanks to Woody’s son Woody Shaw III and Michael
Cuscuna for this labor of love. I hope someday a similar project can be
done with all of Woody’s recording at Rudy Van Gelder’s studio/ Blue Note,
as well as his recordings for Muse.
Thanks Woody and Michael for this gift of Art!
Woody Shaw: Jazz Master Extraordinaire September 2, 2012
Composer, Arranger, Soloist, Stylist-which gift to praise first? Rosewood highlights all of these with Woody’s concert band benefitting from the generous rehearsal budget that smaller “indie” labels couldn’t afford. Special guests Joe Henderson and Frank Wess give the band an inspiring lift. This was IMO one of the best albums of the late 70s and beyond. (See the impact of Shaw’s style on Nicholas Payton & others).
Stepping Stones:Live At The Village Vanguard and a disc of added bonus tracks from the same date in 1978, is an exceptional set of performances, easily on a par with his work at Keystone Korner from the previous year. An ambitious mix of new compositions such as “In A Capracornian Way” with distinctively original treatments of Miles Davis’ “Solar” and “On Green Dolphin Street” make this box set treasurable.
Woody III, For Sure!, and United round out the set, each with its own distinctive flavors, colors, savory pleasures.
Shaw’s life was tragically short (1944-1989). This collection affords any music lover an invaluable portrait of a major creative artist at the peak of his powers, at a generous price-point.
Now in MP3 format. Click album covers to preview and buy tracks.
Producer Michael Cuscuna speaks about the project
PopMarket unboxing of the Complete Columbia Albums Collection
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