Woody Shaw Quintet, Juan Les Pins 1979
Trumpeter and composer Woody Shaw (December 24, 1944 – May 10, 1989) was technically as well as musically one of the most influential trumpet players of the late twentieth century – and his influence is still large today. There are quite a few clips on youtube showing Woody at his best, but on one of the old VHS tapes I found one of Woody’s 1979 working quintet, that no-one has put on youtube yet. It was filmed for a french TV station at the Jazz à Juan festival in Juan Les Pins, Antibes at the Côte d’Azur on July 24, 1979. Voilà:
The personnel: Woody Shaw (tp), Carter Jefferson (ss), Onoje Allan Gumbs (p), Stafford James (b) and Victor Lewis (dr). It says they are playing “But Not For Me”, but is that true? It looks like I am not able to hear the Gershwin tune here, but maybe that’s because I am not a musician. Or is there a different tune with the same title by someone else? Any help on this point is very much welcome.