Woody Shaw: Stormy Weather
Woody Shaw (trumpet)
Imagination (Savoy Jazz 17275)
Composed by Harold Arlen & Ted Koehler.
Recorded: New York, June 24, 1987
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
Such eminent balladeers as Lester Young, Ben Webster and Dexter Gordon always looked to a song's lyrics as key to its interpretation. But Woody Shaw (formerly Dexter's sideman) is content to ignore the words and savor the tune. It's hard to fault his approach. Shaw's straight-ahead, medium-tempo "Stormy Weather" pairs his angelic open trumpet with Steve Turre's down-&-dirty plunger-muted trombone, the two complementing each other as naturally as saint and sinner, yin and yang, Ben & Gerry. (Why, Ben Webster and Gerry Mulligan, of course. Who did you think we meant?) His life was beclouded by stormy weather, butóLord willingóWoody Shaw now strolls in the sun.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz
Tags: stormy weather