RIO RANCHO, N.M. — A abandoned studio record of the late jazz trumpeter Woody Shaw was published as part of an attempt to conserve jazz history.
“49th Parallel,” a 1987 recording headed by Canadian bassist Neil Swainson that includes Shaw and tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, has been made on this season by Vancouver, Canada-based Cellar Music Group’s imprint Reel to Real and New York distributor la book records.
The record was out-of-print for 25 decades and is currently available on electronic platforms.
Swainson said it had been an honor to see his job recorded in Toronto turn it in the hands of jazz lovers following the recordings languished for several years. He said his buddy Shaw, who had a public battle with heroin dependency, had left a rehabilitation facility in California and came to Toronto for its recording.
“He seemed healthy. He looked fantastic and he was prepared to play with,” Swainson said.
Shaw was almost blind from retinitis pigmentosa throughout the recording and performed by ear and memory. “He could not read nor write at the moment,” Swainson, 64, said. “He’s an excellent remember, however.”
The seven-song record took just two weeks to document, Swainson said.
Following the recording, Henderson watched a large career resurgence coming from a run of Grammy-winning records for the Verve label in the early 1990s.
Shaw expired two years following”49th Parallel” was listed.
He performed the Horace Silver Quintet and worked regularly with drummer Art Blakey before launching into his solo career.
Shaw joined the”49th Parallel” job late in his profession but Swainson said that he was at the height of the game. “This was a rather exciting session,” Swainson said. “I am glad men and women get to listen to it .”