Silky Robes and Soft Bops; Gene Shaw – Carnival Sketches

I’ve been away for some time, but it was for a good reason. Was working on the launch of a new app you should try, moved my flat, released an album and everything in the course of one month. Anyhow, put on your silky robe and take the best cigar, we’re going for a walk in a wall to wall carpets and alligator skin sofa world.

Gene Shaw‘s Carnival Sketches (released 1964) is a beauty and a rare gem I picked from the wonderful Orgy In Rhythm blog. Shaw was a trumpeter from Detroit and I don’t know much more about him and when I tried searching the web, little did I find (Though I found he was credited as a part of the Mingues’ Tijuana Moods ensemble and played with Dizzy Gillespie ). But that’s just add to the album mystery, in my humble opinion.

This is a beautiful, laid back, bossa-lounge-bop album, with superb playing by Shaw. With him are Charles Stepney on vibes and Ed Higgins on piano. The album is long time deleted and is hard to track in a physical format, but a vinyl rip exist in the web. I strongly suggest you’d go hunting.

Gene Shaw – Goin Downtown

Gene Shaw – Days Of Wine And Roses

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