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Friday, October 15, 2010

Woody Shaw: Shawnuff Did, Shawnuff Said (Coda Magazine, ~1985)

Trumpet player Woody Shaw in Conversation with Montreal Writer Marc Chenard

Within the long and often remarkable history of jazz trumpet playing, many have been called but few have been chosen. Though there has never really been a shortage of able and talented trumpeters, only a handful of "stylists" have come forth, setting new standards, be they of a technical or conceptual nature. Satchmo, Little Jazz, Diz, Miles and Brownie are all names belonging to a special category of which legends are made.

To that list, one may add the name of Woody Shaw: after all, when both Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis wholeheartedly endorse him as an important contributor to that lineage, he has a right to see himself as one of "them". Now some ten years after his debut as a successful band leader with many critically acclaimed albums under his own name, he has now moved away from the spotlight to devote his energies towards further developing his own playing, be it as a sideman or as a freelancer, working with various "local" rhythm sections.

Woody Shaw obituary (UPI, 5/11/1989)

Jazz Trumpeter, Composer Woody Shaw Dead At 44

UPI - Thursday, May 11, 1989 (New York).

Woody Shaw, the imaginitive "post-bop" jazz trumpeter and composer whose left arm was severed in February in a mysterious subway accident, died of kidney failure Wednesday after a long illness. He was 44.

Woody Shaw: The Intimidator

by Steve Lake
Melody Maker magazine, October 2, 1976, p. 48

"When I was coming up, I used to say, 'I'll get my hit record and then I'll be able to do what I want to do after that." But that doesn't happen... the more money you get, the more you want. I mean, how much money are you supposed to have?

(…who? me?) Woody Shaw (Coda Magazine, 1976)

Woody Shaw Dialogues With Eugene Chadbourne

(Author's note: I was once eating dinner with Woody Shaw at a home in Edmonton, Alberta, when someone wisely or unwisely put on the album Iron Man by Eric Dolphy, Shaw's first recording date. Shaw nodded enthusiastically through Dolphy's only solo, but abruptly stood up and went to the bathroom when his own started. Shaw was 17 when the album was recorded. Now 30, he's gone through some heavy dues-paying and now may be going blind due to an incurable eye disease, retinitis pigmatosa. But he insists that followers of the music will be hearing more and more about him. "I'm the next cat", he says. When his Iron Man solo ended, Shaw came out of the bathroom and grunted, "well, that really wasn't as bad as I remembered it.")

The Marsalis Recommended Recipe for Daily Practice

by Wynton Marsalis (BDG Magazine, May, 1987)

Three hours will allow you to cover all aspects of playing, but 45-60 minutes is enough for one sitting. The quality of the practice is more important than the length of time it takes.