Woody Shaw: Hello to the Wind


Hello To The Wind


Woody Shaw (trumpet)


At The Berliner Jazztage (Muse MR5139, 32 Jazz 32069)

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Woody Shaw (trumpet), Frank Foster (reeds), Slide Hampton (trombone, percussion), Stafford James (bass), Louis Hayes (drums), Ronnie Matthews (piano),

Rene McLean (alto sax, flute, percussion)


Composed by Joe Chambers


Recorded: Berlin, November 6, 1976


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

Woody Shaw’s series of Muse records from 1974 to 1979 really heralded his arrival as the “next cat” on the trumpet to the wider jazz public. These were also the sides that this budding player cut his teeth on, anxiously waiting for each new release! I’m picking here something from a live recording of an expanded version of the Woody Shaw/Louis Hayes quintet that was active between 1975 and 1977 on the recording and touring scene. (The performance of that group at Chicago’s Jazz Showcase in 1976 will be forever stamped on my mind and soul.) A beautiful rendition of an eloquent (and difficult) piece, Joe Chambers’s “Hello To The Wind,” a wide canvas for Woody to explore many emotions, from lyricism to aggression, while using every section of his musical palette from diatonic forthrightness to chromatic convolution.

Reviewer: Brian Lynch

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