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Lee Shaw Trio / About This Artist

Artist Details and Stats:

Hometown: Albany, NY

Label: LeeShaw.org, Cadence Records, CIMP, Luvlee Records, IslandView records, Artists Recording Collective, Artists Recording Collective

Website: www.sonicbids.com

Genre: Jazz

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Biography:

LEE SHAW - PIANIST, COMPOSER/ARRANGER, BANDLEADER: Lee Shaw Trio is a swinging, exciting, acoustic jazz piano trio led by a woman who not only expands the tradition but helped to create it.

Press:

“This album is a treasure-waiting for jazz fans to find. (Live in Graz) ”
Larry Taylor - JAZZ REVIEW

“Whether musically or in its total contents, Live In Graz is an impressive effort, and a good opportunity to learn about the music of Lee Shaw.”
SCOTT YANOW - JAZZIZ

“Shaw is a veteran pianist who has led a New York area trio for years. Influenced by Oscar Peterson, she has a fine, swinging, two-handed approach and two very compatible players in Jeff Siegel (drums) and Rich Syracuse (bass).”
RAY COMISKEY - Irish Times

“The interplay between the musicians recalls the Bill Evans Trio in spots but Lee Shaw’s chord voicings are her own and she does not sound like any of her predecessors.”
SCOTT YANOW - Jazziz

“The trio is exemplary-bassist Syracuse weaving in and out of her solos, while getting plenty of time to show off his marvelous creativity. Also getting many opportunities to shine, drummer Siegel is a solid anchor and an inventive soloist.”
LARRY TAYLOR - JAZZ REVIEW

“She also fascinated her audience stylistically with her unusual facility, which allowed her effervescent ideas to bubble forth, appearing in sparklingly sharp outfits custom-tailored to the occasion.”
Reutlingen Zeitung - Concert Review - Lee Shaw Jazz Festival, Reutlingen Art Gallery (Germany)

“The music is mostly taken at relaxed tempos and is gentle but not lacking inner fire, whether it be the playful “Foots” or the heartfelt tribute to Stan Shaw called “Stan’s Song.””
SCOTT YANOW - JAZZIZ

“The band is tight without being slick; there's an enjoyable looseness to what they do with a programme of Shaw's own originals, a standard and pieces by Ahmad Jamal and Billy Taylor.”
RAY COMISKEY - Irish Times

“Over the years she has played with many greats from Dexter Gordon to Thad Jones. Her influences include Oscar Peterson and Billy Taylor. On this recording her stately style suggests Peterson, if not for his whirlwind technique but his swinging sensibility. ”
LARRY TAYLOR - JAZZ REVIEW

“Her inspirational life-story's message to all similarly inspired young players just starting out: Never quit, no matter what.”
Owen McNally - The Hartford Courant

“Her playing is shaped by a lightness, behind which razor-sharp precision and concentrated professionalism are shrouded.”
Milena Dylag - Concert Review - Bülach, Schweiz (Switzerland)

“... she retains an enviable harmonic and melodic vocabulary and a buoyant sense of joy in her playing.”
RAY COMISKEY - Irish Times

“A lyrical player who is particularly effective on ballads and swings tastefully on more uptempo material”
Scott Yanow - LA Jazz Scene

“What makes the album really tick is the crisp sense of interplay percolating among Shaw and her longtime, younger collaborators, the extremely melodic bassist Rich Syracuse and drummer Jeff "Siege" Siegel.”
Owen McNally - The Hartford Courant

“The Lee Shaw Trio impresses listeners through its homogenus sound. It's as though only one single person were playing.”
Mylana Dang - Tages-Anzeiger Zurcher Unterland

“Every now and then a deserving but unsung jazz talent emerges into the national limelight after paying dues in perpetuity and enduring the blues in endless obscurity.”
Owen McNally - The Hartford Courant

“LEE SHAW TRIO/Live in Graz (ARC-2062): Ok, she studied with Oscar Peterson, taught piano to John Medeski and worked with every jazzbo you’ve ever collected—and you’ve never heard of this 80 year old little firecracker from Oklahoma who’s now getting her chance to step out of the shadows.”
Reviews - Midwest Record

“Concert - Lee Shaw, the Grande Dame of Jazz Piano, honored the Reutlingen Art Gallery with her trio”
Armin Knauer - REUTLINGER GENERAL-ANZEIGER

“The relaxed play of her rhythms, the free and easy improvisations of her right hand and the thoughtfully proportioned bass notes of her left hand...”
JÜRGEN SPIESS - REUTLINGEN, GERMANY REVIEW

“LEE SHAW TRIO/Live in Graz (ARC-2062): Delightfully unpredictable and swinging, she has a load on her fastball and it’s a gas. Also included is a dvd with some live performance and more.”
REVIEWS - MIDWEST RECORD