Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
A. Davis | Greenville, SC | 08/06/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Woody Shaw fans will love this recording. Louis Hayes is a great drummer with a superb band on "The Real Thing." This disc flows beautifully from end to end. The gorgeous "Nisha"is 9:22 minutes of pure beauty. With Woody on open horn and Ronnie Matthews' sparkling ivory, this ballad sets up nicely with a gentle swinging groove. "Loose Suite" opens with a spiraling Rene Mclean Soprano solo right before Woody blows down the house. "My Gift To You" has a great Trumpet/Sax bi-line, while "Marilyn's House" picks up vibes from an earlier McCoy Tyner band that Shaw played in. Louis Hayes swings hard throughout this session with great support from Stafford James on Bass and Slide Hampton on the 'Bone. This disc fits in well with many Woody Shaw recordings including "The Woody Shaw Concert Ensemble at the Berliner Jazztage", "Moontrane" and "Rosewood." Thanks 32 Jazz for releasing this hidden treasure. Enjoy!"