As much as I love box sets, especially those with historical liner notes and essays, sometimes they can seem like too much of a good thing. This occurred to me while poring over Live: Volume Four, a 1981 recording of Woody Shaw’s quintet at San Francisco’s Keystone Korner. Had Highnote chosen to release this music all at once in 2000-the year Volume One dropped-it might have been hard to get to know and fully appreciate all the intimate details of these recordings-and talk about details. Only one of the five tracks lasts less than 10 minutes, and two last upward of 13 minutes.
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