ALBUM: 1. Rosewood (1977) 2. Stepping Stones (1978) 3. Stepping Stones Bonus Tracks 4. Woody III (1979) 5. For Sure! (1979) 6. United (1981)
2012 six CD box from the legendary Jazz trumpeter. Encountering the name Woody Shaw in print or conversation, it's not uncommon for a phrase much like "the last original trumpet voice" to follow. For Shaw was just such a player: a daring horn stylist with an utterly personal and technically advanced approach that has yet to be matched since his untimely death. On such landmark Columbia albums as Woody lll and For Sure! -- projects that represented a career peak for Shaw in terms of both personal creativity and commercial exposure -- his impressive compositions ( the outstanding "Organ Grinder" among them) and arranging skills for expanded ensembles are brought to the fore. Although he didn't live to conquer the personal problems that set back his career, present day trumpet icons from Dave Douglas to Wynton Marsalis have acknowledged Shaw's lasting influence.