Woody Shaw: Woody I: On The New Ark


Woody I: On The New Ark


Woody Shaw (trumpet)


Woody III (Columbia JC35977)

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Woody Shaw (trumpet), Carter Jefferson (tenor sax), James Spaulding (alto sax), Curtis Fuller (trombone), Steve Turre (trombone), Onaje Allan Gumbs (piano), Buster Williams (bass), Victor Lewis (drums),

Rene McLean, (alto sax, soprano sax), Charles Sullivan (trumpet), Azzedin Weston (conga, percussion), Nobu Urushiyama (percussion)


Recorded: New York, January 18, 1979


Rating: 97/100 (learn more)

I feel that in many ways Woody III is the masterpiece of Woody Shaw’s recorded output in the studio The three pieces that made up the first side on the LP—the Afro-Cuban tinged “Woody I: On The New Ark”; the up-tempo burner “Woody II: Other Paths”; and the nursery ballad-tribute (to the newborn Woody Shaw III), “Woody III: New Offerings”—really hit the bull's-eye both as composition and arrangement, eliciting outstanding performances from the all-star lineup. Woody has really hit his stride here in all aspects—trumpet innovator, composer and bandleader. I think “Woody I” is the hippest piece!—the quasi-songo feel coupled with its harmonic/melodic sophistication and ambiguity is way ahead. Woody had been hanging with the salseros a bit, methinks, around this time—he was a part of the glory days of “Salsa Meets Jazz” at the Village Gate. A classic!

Reviewer: Brian Lynch

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