Woody Shaw Blackstone Legacy (Jazz Dispensary Top Shelf Series) 180g 2LP

Woody Shaw

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Jazz Dispensary Top Shelf Series!
Cut from the Original Analog Tapes by Kevin Gray!
Pressed on 180g Vinyl at RTI!
First Time on Vinyl Since 1971!

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Tracking Angle Rated 9/10 Music, 9/10 Sound!

The post-bop opus Blackstone Legacy is the seminal debut album by trumpeter Woody Shaw. Originally released in 1971 on Contemporary Records, the groundbreaking album was inspired by the sociopolitical ills of the '60s. In their review, Allmusic called the album "...a landmark recording, and a pivot point in the history of post-modern music." This 2LP reissue was remastered from the original analog tapes by Kevin Gray and pressed on 180-gram vinyl at RTI, housed in a gatefold tip-on jacket.

Sonics are predictably excellent, with a couple of caveats. The session was recorded not by Roy DuNann (who had semi-retired at this point) at Contemporary's usual studio in L.A., but rather by Don Hahn at A&R in New York. The results lack the stripped-down in-your-face immediacy that DuNann brought to the table. But Hahn was a highly skilled big-pop engineer. The drumkit has a slightly paper-y quality (the result, perhaps, of compression or multi-mike phase problems or both), but otherwise he captures the sound with a crisp, well-balanced, live, dynamic sheen.
-Fred Kaplan, Tracking Angle, Music 9/10, Sound 9/10


  • Jazz Dispensary Top Shelf Series
  • First Time on Vinyl Since 1971
  • 180g Vinyl
  • Double LP
  • All-Analog Mastering from the Original Tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
  • Pressed at RTI
  • Gatefold Tip-On Jacket


Woody Shaw trumpet
Gary Bartz alto saxophone, soprano saxophone
Bennie Maupin tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, flute
George Cables piano
Ron Carter bass
Clint Houston electric bass
Lenny White drums


Side One:

  1. Blackstone Legacy

Side Two:

  1. Think on Me
  2. Lost and Found

Side Three:

  1. New World

Side Four:

  1. Boo-Ann's Grand
  2. A Deed for Dolphy

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