One of the ways that members of the Woody Shaw cult recognize one another is that they know about Onaje Allan Gumbs. In the late ’70s, Gumbs was a member of the Shaw bands that made classic Columbia albums like Rosewood. His piquant compositions and his silky piano touch were indispensable to Shaw’s sound. Shaw’s quintet was never quite the same after Gumbs left. Not only is he still around, he is still Onaje Allan Gumbs. He still combines rhythmic earthiness with a sensitive touch, and still writes seductive songs.
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