Down Beat (p.85) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Shaw, on-point throughout, shows why he hold an exalted position on the trumpet tree."
JazzTimes (p.103) - "In 2005, if you want to hear envelope-pushing trumpet music of the future, play 27-year-old Woody Shaw records."
On this 1978 date, recorded live at the Village Vanguard, Woody Shaw traded in his trumpet for a cornet and a fluegelhorn, and shows his chops to be in superb working order on both instruments. Flanked by a fierce rhythm section and tenor and soprano saxophonist Carter Jefferson, Shaw blows through seven tunes, including songs composed by the band's members, and "Blues for Ball," a McCoy Tyner-penned tribute to saxophonist Cannonball Adderley. Here the classic hard bop style is given plenty of contemporary spin, making STEPPING STONES a fresh, invigorating release.
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- Lausanne, 1977 (Hayes, Louis)