In the Beginning (Woody Shaw album)

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In the Beginning
Studio album by Woody Shaw
Released 1983
Recorded December 1965
New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 32:57
Label Muse
MR 5298
Woody Shaw chronology
In the Beginning
Blackstone Legacy

In the Beginning (also released as Cassandranite) is an album featuring the demo tapes recorded in 1965 by trumpeter Woody Shaw in his original quest for a recording contract which was eventually released on the Muse label in 1983.[1][2] Cassandranite was released as part of Woody Shaw: The Complete Muse Sessions by Mosaic Records in 2013.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]

Ron Wynn of Allmusic stated, "Some interesting, uneven, but worthwhile '65 material from trumpeter Woody Shaw... His potential certainly emerges, as does the fact he was a tentative, unsure soloist at this juncture".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Woody Shaw except as indicated

  1. "Cassandranite" - 7:00
  2. "Obsequious" (Larry Young) - 8:00
  3. "Baloo Baloo" (Hank Johnson) - 6:00
  4. "Three Muses"- 6:22
  5. "Tetragon" (Joe Henderson) 6:35



  1. ^ Woody Shaw discography accessed August 19, 2013
  2. ^ Woody Shaw catalog accessed August 22, 2013
  3. ^ a b Wynn, R. Allmusic Review, accessed August 19, 2013