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Dexter Gordon Quartet: Tokyo 1975 (Elemental), Woody Shaw: Tokyo ’81 (Elemental)

How ironic that concert performance, once the definition of musical ephemerality, has become the richest vein to mine for vintage jazz gold. Working with producer Michael Cuscuna, Elemental has unearthed a cannily matched pair of albums recorded (mostly) in Japan that offer fresh sounds from two musically related giants. Dexter Gordon’s Tokyo 1975 catches the … Read More “Dexter Gordon Quartet: Tokyo 1975 (Elemental), Woody Shaw: Tokyo ’81 (Elemental)”

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Woody Shaw: The Complete Muse Sessions

The past couple of years have seen the late, great trumpeter Woody Shaw belatedly receive more well-deserved recognition. Last year Sony Legacy brought out The Complete Woody Shaw Columbia Albums Collection, a six-CD box set of his 1977-1981 run with that iconic label. Now comes Mosaic’s seven-disc set of comparably top-notch Shaw albums on the … Read More “Woody Shaw: The Complete Muse Sessions”

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Woody Shaw: Woody Plays Woody

When all but the most celebrated jazz artists depart, their surviving producers, family and friends are frequently left with the task of keeping their memories alive. That’s been a challenge for supporters of Woody Shaw, a certifiably great trumpeter and flugelhornist who died young and never acquired the commercial status of horn heroes including his … Read More “Woody Shaw: Woody Plays Woody”

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