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Perspective by Jaleel Shaw

Jaleel Shaw’s fruitful imagination, (although strongly influenced by the great Coltrane and Shorter) meticulous technique, and an elegant playing ability has extracted young altist Jaleel Shaw straight from the middle of the infuriated jazz scene. Perspective marks a rosy launching of drummer Jonathan Blake, pianist Robert Glaspe, guitarist Lage Lund and bassist Vicente Archer’s collaborative effort.

Shaw’s authorship is remarkably bringing together precision, fantasy and smoothness to his pieces "The Heavyweight," "On a Humble," "Miss Myriam," "Conflict of Interests," "Empty," "Future" and "Leellude." An ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award for his opus "The Heavyweight," a tribute to Coltrane, gives testimony to his professionalism and boldness.

"Binky’s Lament," a track composed by Jeel Shaw and Lage Lund, showcase a superb lyricism dotted with a broad, emotional, gloomy range of sounds. "Conflicts of Interest" strikes us with his tuneful, be-bop inventions, which seem to exceed and inspire geniality. Shaw paints phrases with the melody on the bottom and syncopated assertions in the acute medium coupled with robust boasting.

On "My Future Just Passed" Shaw combines grasping and lace-making smooth beats. Jaleel Shaw and Mark Turner’s interpretation of Coltrane’s "Grand Central" convey a language followed with a clean sonority and wide nuance.

Inescapable, Shaw’s voice occasionally sounds eclipsed by his musical heroes but this point doesn’t matter here. Perspective is performed with beauty and passionate musical alchemy.

Shaw’s lyricism without any hesitation is undeniable.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Jaleel Shaw
  • CD Title: Perspective
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 2005
  • Record Label: Fresh Sound New Talent
  • Rating: Five Stars
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