THU, MAR 5, 2009 at 5:52 AM

Master of the Art


Welcome to Don’t Touch My Marmalade, Vol 1, Number 2. The emergent theme this week is Woody Shaw. I didn’t mean for it to happen like that, but he’s an undeniable (some say under rated) talent and I’m under his spell lately. His two Elektra Musician records (Night Music and Master of the Art, both featuring Bobby Hutcherson) were reissued as CDs on Wounded Bird this month, so maybe that got me thinking about the man.

Some fun facts: He had a killer band in the 80s and never put out a bad record… I think? The twentieth anniversary of his passing is coming up in two months. That’s unfortunate & sad.

In other “little record reviews” news we have our own Dean Hudson and the BFLP doing a thing here or there. And of all the possible things in the world, Matt from Pissed Jeans has reviews and interviews going on on his site. There was one more thing but I don’t want to jeopardize an ongoing investigation. In other words, I forgot.

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  • ScoLoHoFo: Oh! 2002. John Scofield, Joe Lovano, Dave Holland, and Al Foster. Sco & Lo blend wonderfully. Fo is always phenomo. Sounds great, sharp playing. (For some reason I never thought I would like this but it’s fantastic.)
  • Dave Douglas Quintet: Live at Bimhuis. 2002. Greenleaf paperback series. This rules. 2 discs/sets. Great songs off The Infinite & then some. (Available from one of the coolest labels happening now, Greenleaf Music.)
  • Steve Turre: Rainbow People. 2008. Pretty killer. I see why it made lots of best of 2008 lists. Don’t forget: Steve Turre was in some of Woody Shaw’s best bands!
  • Horace Silver: Re-Entry. 1965/66. Thanks to a twitter pal for the recommendation. This rules! Joe Henderson on tenor sax & either Carmell Jones or Woody Shaw, trumpet.
  • Louis Hayes-Woody Shaw Quintet. Lausanne 1977. Smokin’.
  • Bobby Hutcherson: Live at Montreux. 1973. Where has this been all my life? Quintet with Woody Shaw (of course…). Seriously good. The ’70s Bobby.
  • Miles Davis: Miles Smiles. My favorite of the 2nd great quintet records. Always great. Weird to think what Coltrane was doing contemporaneously.
  • Lee Morgan: Live at the Lighthouse. 1970. The 3CD Blue Note version. Stellar. Bennie Maupin’s song “Peyote” is a favorite.

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