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Lee Shaw: Live at Art Gallery Reutlingen

Read "Live at Art Gallery Reutlingen" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

La pianista americana Lee Shaw, ormai ultraottantenne, ha svolto meritoria attività musicale anche come educatrice (uno dei suoi allievi più famosi è l'eccellente ed eclettico John Medeski) e ogni tanto pubblica qualche album in pieno stile mainstream che però non si fa mancare escursioni avventurose (come per esempio in questo caso con la rilettura corposa di “Turnaround" di Ornette Coleman). L'occasione per la registrazione di questo disco è data da un ingaggio europeo in Germania con il suo trio che, ...

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Lee Shaw Trio: Live At Art Gallery Reutlingen

Read "Live At Art Gallery Reutlingen" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

After over fifty years as a musician, composer and educator Lee Shaw remains active and in demand. While never the most prolific recording artist, she continues to record in her 80s, and 2011 may well be one of her busiest years, with two albums in quick succession. Together Again: Live At The Egg (Artists Recording Collective) featured Shaw and John Medeski, her former pupil. Live At The Art Gallery Reutlingen comes from three concerts recorded at this German venue in ...

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Lee Shaw Trio: Blossom

Read "Blossom" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Curiously, it happens that one of the most exciting “young" pianists on the scene today is an eighty-something year-old woman named Lee Shaw. Shaw's playing has an energy and freshness that sounds great alongside other new rising stars of the piano-trio idiom: Aaron Goldberg, Aaron Parks, Robert Glasper, Yaron Herman and Elan Mehler.

Shaw's story is recounted in a DVD documentary included with her 2008 release, Live In Graz (Artists Recording Collective). For many years she led a rhythm section ...

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Lee Shaw Trio: Live in Graz

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Un breve DVD ed una incisione dal vivo per conoscere meglio l'arte della brava quanto misconosciuta ottantunenne pianista Lee Shaw. Dalla sua parte c'è un contagioso, rilassato, gioioso swing tipico degli anni '50. Pur non essendo una innovatrice, il pianismo della Shaw trabocca di squisità musicalità e le sette tracce del live austriaco riescono a catturane la classe cristallina nella sua limpida, elegante icasticità Senza ricercare strutture insolite, il suo trio cerca di offrire la spontaneità e la freschezza del ...

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Lee Shaw Trio: Live in Graz

Read "Live in Graz" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Live in Graz gives listeners a chance to catch up with one of the more improbable second acts in jazz: that of eighty-something pianist Lee Shaw. A poised Shaw usefully recounts the biographical details in the accompanying DVD (which is unfortunately somewhat shoddily produced): she acquired a broad musical education in tiny Ada, Oklahoma; later continued that schooling, playing requests in Chicago nightclubs; then, for many years, she backed up “horn players from the city" at clubs in Albany, New ...

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Lee Shaw Trio: Live in Graz

Read "Lee Shaw Trio: Live in Graz" reviewed by J Hunter

Lee Shaw TrioLive in GrazARC--Artists Recording Collective2008

It's hard to remember this in the face of accomplished players like saxophonist Anat Cohen, pianist and vocalist Eliane Elias and drummer Cindy Blackman, but it is an unfortunate fact: female instrumentalists (and female leaders, come to that) are still a fairly rare phenomenon, even in this most inclusive of musical genres. Then again, it's certainly a more conducive atmosphere than it was when Lee ...


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