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Written by Richard Brody Source: The New Yorker. Published August 29, 2017 It's always terrific news when great music that has been hidden in the vaults is brought to light, but the excellent new release “The Tour: Volume Two,” featuring live European performances from 1976 and 1977 by the crucial modern trumpeter Woody Shaw, is shadowed by sadness: the label that released it, HighNote, lost its founder, Joe Fields, last month. Fields, who was eighty-eight, had been, for half a century, an important producer of modern jazz recordings. One of his labels, Muse, gave birth to many of Shaw’s best albums,...

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Get the New CD, Woody Shaw / Louis Hayes: The Tour (Vol. 2). ORDER NOW   In this installment of what was originally billed as the “Louis Hayes-Junior Cook Quintet featuring Woody Shaw,” we get a glimpse into the band’s effective treatment of the standard repertoire — with the full scope of what the group brought to the table in terms of stylistic nuance and its unique adaptation of the traditional jazz canon.  This set is a compilation of performances recorded in different European cities during The Tour, which took place between 1976 and 1977. Following Volume 1, it offers a welcome shift in the narrative arc and trajectory of the band’s development — as well as a kind of a portrait...

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Here is an interview with Woody Shaw III done for WKCR 89.9 FM Radio (Columbia University).  The actual interview (Part 1) begins at 3:08. Interviewer: Sharif Abdus-SalaamStation: WKCR 89.9 FMDate: August 3, 2017

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[Interview conducted by Maxine Gordon who was the road manager for the Louis Hayes-Woody Shaw quintet on their tour to Europe in 1976-1977]. LH: At the time we first formed the band [1970s], Junior lived in Brooklyn and I lived in Brooklyn and we had been together in Horace Silver’s band and were good friends. Cedar Walton came back from a tour of Europe and he said that there was a person in Holland who was bringing groups to Europe and that he would like for me to bring a band over. I told him that I didn’t have a band that...

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TRUE LOVE IS TRUE MUSIC.Yesterday's memorial (1/28/16) for the late musical visionary and community hero Bobby Hutcherson was easily one of the most profound moments in my recent adult life. It was profound primarily because, on the eve of the memorial, I was asked by my brother Teddy Hutcherson (Bobby's youngest son and heir), to speak on behalf of the entire Hutcherson family to a deliver a message of gratitude to those in attendance. To have been asked not only by the son of someone so vitally important to our culture, but also someone so closely bound to me and...

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