Blackstone Legacy

Woody Shaw

Blackstone Legacy
  • CAT # CCD-762728-25

    1. Blackstone Legacy 16:08
    2. Think On Me 4:25
    3. Lost And Found 10:45
    4. New World 17:06
    5. Boo-ann's Grand 14:25
    6. A Deed For Dolphy 8:56

This septet led by the arresting trumpeter Woody Shaw (1944-1989), in his first recording as a leader, was comprised of the Young Lions of the early Seventies. Only bass giant Ron Carter, the group's elder statesman at 33, was over 30, but all the players were musically experienced beyond their years, and at the highest levels. Three of them (Carter, Bennie Maupin, and Lenny White) had worked with Miles Davis, and Gary Bartz joined the great trumpeter's band at about the time of these recordings. While Blackstone Legacy was clearly influenced by Davis's 1969 milestone of jazz-rock fusion, Bitches Brew--from its original 2-LP format, extended performances, sometimes Afrocentric compositions, and use of vamps and electric piano, to funk-rock rhythms and free jazz passages--the Shaw ensemble, bursting with energy and talent coming to the fore, maintains an overall jazzier feel. Blackstone Legacy portended important things from a major soloist whose life was cut short.

with Gary Bartz, Bennie Maupin, George Cables, Ron Carter, Clint Houston, Lenny White

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In the evolution of jazz trumpet, Woody Shaw played a role in the early 1970s comparable to that of Freddie Hubbard (with whom he was often… More