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Steve Turre: Woody’s Delight

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It seems impossible that Woody Shaw died as long ago as 1989. He was one of the fallen, a unique flame of brilliance, extinguished too soon. Steve Turre made 14 records with Shaw, and attributes the realization of his own artistic identity to Shaw’s guidance and encouragement. Woody’s Delight is, loosely and creatively, a tribute album. There are no Shaw tunes, but his presence is a recurring resonance, sometimes distant, sometimes near.

The most obvious connection is the format. Shaw’s bands with Turre had a trumpet/trombone frontline. Turre uses five trumpet players, three well known, two not; all different, all strong. None sound like Shaw but they share his taste for adventure.

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