All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

546

Jaleel Shaw: Perspective

Joel Roberts By

Sign in to view read count
Jaleel Shaw certainly knows how to make an entrance. The first cut on the alto saxophonist's first outing as a leader has already earned the Philadelphia native an ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award. That tune, "Heavyweight Champion, an inspired tribute to one of his heroes, John Coltrane, is just one of many treats on this impressive debut.

Shaw, who's recorded with the Mingus Big Band, Boston's Either Orchestra, and young trumpet firebrand Jeremy Pelt, among others, has a maturity and assuredness in his playing and even more so in his composing that's well beyond his 26 years. Seven of the ten tunes here are originals and several of them, like the melancholy waltz "Binky's Lament and the knotty bebop workout "Conflicts of Interest, are memorable.

Shaw also shows a fine touch as a ballad player, with a slow, tender take on the obscure chestnut "My Future Just Passed. And in a test of his mettle as a soloist, he goes head to head with Mark Turner, one of the top tenors on the scene, on a brisk version of Coltrane's "Grand Central.

Like many young musicians, Shaw's influences sometimes overshadow his own personality, but his idols are well chosen—chief among them Coltrane, Wayne Shorter and, in his powerful, slightly sharp alto sax sound, the great Jackie McLean. With able assistance from a talented young band featuring piano star on the rise Robert Glasper, plus guitarist Lage Lund, bassist Vicente Archer, and drummer Jonathan Blake, Jaleel Shaw has made a convincing opening statement in what promises to be an important career.


Track Listing: The Heavyweight Champion, Binky's Lament, On a Humble, Miss Myriam, Conflict of Interests, Lagelude (Miss Myriam), Empty, Grand Central, My Future Just Passed, Leellude.

Personnel: Jaleel Shaw, alto sax; Mark Turner, tenor sax; Lage Lund, guitar; Robert Glasper, piano; Vicente Archer, bass; Johnathan Blake, drums.

Title: Perspective | Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Fresh Sound New Talent

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

The Flipside

The Flipside

Jaleel Shaw
Optimism

Interviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Interviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
The Soundtrack of Things to Come

The Soundtrack of...

Changu Records
2013

buy
Optimism

Optimism

Changu Records
2008

buy
Perspective

Perspective

Fresh Sound New Talent
2005

buy

Related Articles

Read Orientation CD/LP/Track Review
Orientation
by Troy Dostert
Published: February 18, 2018
Read Romaria CD/LP/Track Review
Romaria
by Geno Thackara
Published: February 18, 2018
Read You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl! CD/LP/Track Review
You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl!
by Jerome Wilson
Published: February 18, 2018
Read Autres Paysages CD/LP/Track Review
Autres Paysages
by Glenn Astarita
Published: February 18, 2018
Read Elvesang CD/LP/Track Review
Elvesang
by John Kelman
Published: February 17, 2018
Read Necessary Arrangements CD/LP/Track Review
Necessary Arrangements
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: February 17, 2018
Read "Unloved" CD/LP/Track Review Unloved
by Ian Patterson
Published: December 19, 2017
Read "Pigs & Fairies" CD/LP/Track Review Pigs & Fairies
by Jack Bowers
Published: May 16, 2017
Read "Gin & Moonlight" CD/LP/Track Review Gin & Moonlight
by James Nadal
Published: August 26, 2017
Read "A Night Walking Through Mirrors" CD/LP/Track Review A Night Walking Through Mirrors
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 20, 2017
Read "Threes" CD/LP/Track Review Threes
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: July 12, 2017
Read "Oração Para Amanhã (Prayer for Tomorrow)" CD/LP/Track Review Oração Para Amanhã (Prayer for...
by Roger Farbey
Published: July 10, 2017