Highly inventive jazz creativity Paul Shaw Quintet – MOMENT OF CLARITY: Paul is one of the HOTTEST jazz drummers on the scene today, and his debut as a leader on this album is crisp, clear and upbeat all the way. While there weren’t recent LIVE videos (hint, hint), I did find this great little performance for you to enjoy…
…there are a few more videos available when you SUBSCRIBE to his YouTube channel, as I did.
The album doesn’t release until March, 2020, so sample aren’t available yet (I’ll add them when I’m told it’s gone HOT)… in addition to Paul’s highly talented drum work, you’ll also hear Alex Sipiagin on trumpet, Brad Shepik’s guitar, Gary Versace on piano and Drew Gress doing acoustic bass… on tunes like the down & funky “Peekaboo”, you’ll thrill to the bluesy riffs through the entire 9:17… I certainly did – and this one (instantly) earned a slot on my iPhone player (which doesn’t happen all that often)!
The opening track alone, Paul’s original “Heartland”, makes the album worth the purchase.. some splendid guitar leads from Brad, and very pleasant trumpet from Alex all combine to make it a tune that I predict jazz DJ’s ’round the globe will be spinning constantly.
My choice for personal favorite of the seven (long) songs offered up for your jazz joy is the rousing closer, “Showdown”… this is definitely one of the most exciting new jazz tunes I’ve heard (yet) in 2020!
I give Paul and his musical cohorts a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99. Get more information about Paul and his projects on Paul’s website. Rotcod Zzaj
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