Rosewood

COMPOSERS: Woody Shaw
LABELS: Columbia Legacy
ALBUM TITLE: Woody Shaw
PERFORMER: Woody Shaw (t, flg), with various ensembles including Joe Henderson, Carter Jefferson (ten), Larry Willis, Onjae Gumbs (p), Clint Houston (b), Victor Lewis (d)
CATALOGUE NO: CK 65519 (distr. Sony Jazz)

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This is Shaw’s finest hour. Imaginative writing and brilliant soloing attest to an original talent that seemed destined for greatness. It was not to be, following his death through personal problems in 1989, but this album shows precisely why his ability was so highly regarded. SN