In The Beginning
Seven Seas (Japan) 1984
K26P 6306 (LP) Promotional copy. White label. w/insert.
sleeve : VG+(DJS, dirts.)
media : EX+/EX+(some slightly noises.)
Woody Shaw was an American trumpeter known for his participation in sessions with groups like Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, Horace Silver Quintet, Joe Henderson Quintet, among many others. He left behind numerous masterpieces both as a sideman and as a leader of his own groups. This album, released in 1984, features previously unreleased recordings from 1965. The A-side showcases a quintet with Joe Henderson on tenor saxophone, Larry Young on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Joe Chambers on drums. On the B-side, Larry Young and Ron Carter are replaced by Herbie Hancock on piano and Paul Chambers on bass. These recordings capture a period when Shaw was associated with groups led by Nathan Davis and Horace Silver. Despite being from 1965, the performances are remarkably refined and sophisticated. Shaw's trumpet playing is already distinctive during this period, and special attention is also drawn to Henderson's tenor saxophone and the pianos of both Young and Hancock. A classic album that is worth noting.
B1: Baloo Baloo