Eurojazz Festival – 1985

Woody Shaw Quintet

A frequently explosive concert that also features Joe Farrell

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This concert features three American greats (trumpeter Woody Shaw, tenor-saxophonist Joe Farrell, and drummer Ronnie Burrage) with two fine Italian players: pianist Jean Adler and bassist Miel Swaison.

Shaw was one of the top trumpeters of the 1970s and ‘80s, Farrell was a mighty force on tenor, and drummer Ronnie Burrage (who has worked with everyone from Doc Cheatham to McCoy Tyner, Sonny Rollins to Freddie Hubbard) always kept the music passionate and stirring.

The quintet performs the cooking blues “Vim ‘N’ Vigor,” “The Organ Grinder,” “Malibu,” “Goodbye Clark Street,” and “Ginseng People” (which has an impressive drum solo).

Farrell would pass away the following year and Shaw would follow in 1989 but they were still very much in their musical prime during this consistently exciting performance.

-Scott Yanow


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