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Imagination [Woody Shaw] [CD] [1 disc] [016565533822]

  • Code: QZZQ

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    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 6553382

  • Credits

    Personnel: Woody Shaw (trumpet); Steve Turre (trombone); Kirk Lightsey (piano); Ray Drummond (bass); Carl Allen (drums).
    Recorded at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on June 24, 1987. Originally released on Muse (5338). Includes liner notes by Howard Mandel and Joel Dorn.
    The combination of trumpeter Shaw's unique gift and untimely passing make him one of jazz's great should've-beens in the eyes of many. This and the other posthumous Shaw releases on 32 Jazz show '90s listeners that the achievements he managed in his too-short life were plenty on which to base a legacy. Known for his progressive approach toward improvisation, Shaw turns his inventive ear and chops to standards on IMAGINATION. The results are predictably illuminating. Shaw's individualistic sense of phrasing and distaste for wasted notes invests these old chestnuts with new life. A listener stumbling across the delicate, simple beauty of the title tune could be forgiven for pegging it as a Shaw original, such is the trumpeter's power of revivification. Trombonist Steve Turre matches Shaw phrase for phrase on this 1987 date, and the two men's ensemble phrasing on "Dat Dere" and elsewhere helps give IMAGINATION its distinctive flavor.

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