Woody Shaw: Imagination
Two-thirds of the session is lively hard bop teamwork; the other one-third is expressive ballad lyricism. "Imagination and "Stormy Weather" allow much space for the trumpeter’s clear tone and heartfelt melodies to ring out long and true. "Stormy Weather" features Turre’s vocal-like plunger mute response to Shaw’s plaintive call.
The quintet executes the up-tempo bebop standards perfectly, with both Shaw and Turre showing some of their "outside" improvisation preferences. Lightsey, Drummond, and Allen in turn share the spotlight as familiar standards "Dat Dere" and "If I Were a Bell" press on at a sturdy pace. Turre’s "Steve’s Blues" wraps up the session in the same hard bop spirit. Recommended.
Track Listing: If I Were A Bell; Imagination; Dat Dere; You and the Night and the Music; Stormy Weather; Steve
Record Label: 32 Records