Notes from producer Todd Barkan on the recording of Ian Shaw's album A World Still Turning at Avatar Studios
Pictured from left to right: Producer Todd Barkan, Ian Shaw, manager Darren Crowdy and engineer Katherine Miller.
A WORLD STILL TURNING is a real family affair, in many ways and on
many levels. I first became aware of the great singer Ian Shaw about five
years ago through our mutual friend, the legendary pianist / composer Cedar
Walton, for whom Ian Shaw had worked as an opening act on several occasions
at London's premier jazz club, Ronnie Scott's. As we all should know, Cedar
has the highest possible standards of musical excellence, and he called me
up one day to mention that "there was this fantastic jazz singer in London"
with whom he "was very interested in recording at some time in the near future."
After listening to a few of Ian's more recent recordings, I was quite surprised
to hear not only one of the best jazz singers that I had ever heard in my
life, but also a musical artist of great depth and stylistic breadth. Within
a year after the nod from Lord Walton, I produced our first recording together,
IN A NEW YORK MINUTE, featuring both Ian Shaw and Cedar Walton, for Milestone
Records. Two years later, we recorded our second album, SOHO STORIES, which
featured pianist James Pearson, trumpeter Lew Soloff, guitarist Joe Beck,
among others. Both these two first Milestone recordings were critically acclaimed
and featured quite a few standards from the Great American songbook.
Review: The Los Angeles Times said "with or without competition the qualities of Shaws singing are first rate"
Collaborators: Claire Martin, Guy Barker, Mari Wilson, Ruby Turner, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Iain Ballamy, Mornington Lockett, Sarah Jane Morris, Tim Whitehead, Carol Grimes, Lol Coxhill, Phil Minton and Veryan Weston, Elton Dean, Fayaaz Virjii and Tony Remy (Jazz Warriors), Gail Thompson, Cleo Lain, John Dankworth, Cedar Walton, Joe Lovano, Joe Beck, Papa Vasquez, Lew Soloff, David Williams, Judi Silvano, Geoffrey Williams, Bobby Hutcherson and Ray Brown.
Stage Work: In 2002 Shaw performed in "Jerry Springer, the Opera", by Richard Thomas and Stewart Lee. Thomas created the part of the warm-up man/devil for Shaw.
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