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  • Audio CD (December 16, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B0009Y26P4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,979 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Stepping Stones: Live At The Village Vanguard - Woody Shaw

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By M. Murphy on August 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
There is little I could add to the other joyous reviewer's fine editorial about not only the work[Stepping Stones] but also the historical context of this cd. I will say that as a huge Woody Shaw fan I have been waiting for this crown jewel to be released for too long. Simply put Shaw made many terrific studio cd's[Rosewood,Little Red's Fantasy,Etc.] but NOTHING, NO NOTHING could compare to seeing or hearing this man and his band in a live format. With the recent[excellent]live releases from the Highnote label of Volumes 1 through 4 from San Francisco and the stunning 32 Jazz label's Concert Ensemble from Germany now we finally have the crown jewel. The Vanguard masterpiece. Simply put this cd[Stepping Stones] is the definition of exciting,high flying,creative music called live jazz. As a jazz lover with over 1,000 cd's and dozens of Villiage Vanguard live recordings[including Coltrane,Evans,Etc.]this is absolutely the best recorded concert from that historic venue.

Lastly if you are new to Woody Shaw buy more of his cd's. A tragic figure in jazz Shaw may have been the most creative trumpeter in post bebop jazz that too few know about.

Five stars with the highest reccomendation!
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By a musician on September 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Bottom line, this records kills. When Wynton and Crouch would have you believing jazz was dead in the '70's, here's proof positive they were dead wrong. It's sad that guys like Woody were toughing it out in the lean years only to be shunned when the post-Wynton twenty something's were getting all the label and media play. I still can't believe Columbia dropped Woody for Wynton! Maybe now they're trying to make up for it. This document will stand the test of time when many of the "neoclassical" recordings have long been forgotten. This is no rehash. This is music by musicians who clearly know the lineage but have developed a sound of their own. You gotta pay some dues for that! Not only are the performances on "Stepping Stones" stellar, the writing is great as well. Like Miles' legendary ensembles of the '50's and '60's these guys sound like a BAND, this ain't no pickup date. If you want to hear cutting edge hard bop by some of the unsung heroes of the art buy this CD immediately. This music deserves to be heard and it's players given their due.
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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Michael F. Hopkins on August 19, 2005
Format: Audio CD
For those who have followed the timeless music of Woody
Shaw, the importance of this release needs no explanation.
For those who have just begun to listen to the dynamic
Brass King from Newark, you have quite the treat awaiting
you. For those among you who've never heard Woody Shaw
perform his instrumentally-lyrical sorcery, sit down,
prep your ears up, and get ready to hear one of the
greatest live performances in the history of recorded
Music.
Those who run around confused over what Jazz is about,
given all the parlor room tinsel and archival pimping
scurrying about these days, may consider this Columbia
CD a vital set of STEPPING STONES towards gaining a
finer understanding of Jazz authenticity. As maestro
Shaw and friends demonstrate, authenticity carries a
fiery diversity all its own.

Recorded at the legendary Village Vanguard in August
1978, STEPPING STONES was the first release to concentrate
solely on Shaw's working band. Recent issues by High Note
Records have provided listeners with sterling concert
recordings by subsequent editions of this band between
1977 and the early 1980s, but the long overdue CD release
of STEPPING STONES addresses just how vital THIS edition
of the trumpeter's first working band truly was.

Onaje Allan Gumbs remains, even now, a grandmaster of
a pianist, with a writing hand that dips as nimbly into
groove as it draws mightily from the Blues. Listen to
his "All Things Being Equal Are Not", newly released
for this CD, and feel the balladry of his contemplative
touch, tuning us in.
Bassist Clint Houston, prominent on Shaw's first album
back in 1970, unleashes his finest work here.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael Morales on November 29, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I'd venture to say that at this period of his career he was the best trumpet player of all time. He was the total package...composer, brilliant technician, melodic and adventerous.

After hearing this album its hard for me to listen to Freddie Hubbard in the same way any more since Woody takes Freddies style up about 10 notches.

Woody's career was too short and inconsistant to be considered the Greatest of all time but at his peak (on this album) there was nobody better in my opinion.

By the way, I would not have happened upon Woody's music if it hadn't been for sites such as amazon, allmusicguide etc etc.

Needless to say this music isn't advertised at your local record store and is rarely stocked.

I ordered this album a few months ago off of amazon and since then I've picked up pretty much everything I can find with Woody on it.

One last note, the sound quality on this recording is incredible..it sounds better than most studio recordings.

Great post bop jazz.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Stone on July 24, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album is the greatest example of how obeying precedent eventually turns about. Compared to most live albums in the jazz genre, Woody Shaw's Live:Stepping Stones album is, by far, an improvement upon the standard. The era is the 1970's and so of course, you must listen more deeply to hear the influences of past greats, but the statements are eloquent and obviously fluent. This cd reissue is the August 1978 concert in its entirety and the only shortcoming is the postlude, "Theme For Maxine" (appears completely on Rosewood-LP) which only lasts through a full chorus. Still this album is a must have for students and aficianados alike. I challenge you to find a more meticulous live album.
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