July 03, 1989 12:00 PM


The jazz swings. The mood is congenial. But there’s a poignancy to this 57-minute concert taped last year in West Germany. It was among the last gigs for Woody Shaw, who died at 44—of a heart attack—in May. Shaw (the quiet, intense one in the cap) plays one of the band’s two trumpets (along with Nat Adderley). His rich tone and sense of melody—evident on his “Sweet Love of Mine”—are a big asset to the group, formed to salute American jazzmen who lived in Paris in the ’50s and ’60s. Nathan Davis and Joe Henderson play lively sax and pianist Walter Bishop Jr. quotes glibly from other tunes—one solo includes a bit of Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf.” Idris Muhammad (drums), Jimmy Woode (bass) and Curtis Fuller (trombone) round out the band nicely. (Proscenium)

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