Stepping Stones: Live at the Village Vanguard

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Stepping Stones: Live at the Village Vanguard
Stepping Stones Live at the Village Vanguard.jpg
Live album by Woody Shaw
Released 1979, 2005
Recorded August 5 & 6, 1978
Village Vanguard, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 70:33
Label Columbia
JC 35560
Producer Michael Cuscuna, Woody Shaw III
Woody Shaw chronology
Stepping Stones: Live at the Village Vanguard
Woody III
(1979)Woody III1979

Stepping Stones: Live at the Village Vanguard is a live album led by trumpeter Woody Shaw which was recorded at the Village Vanguard in 1978 and released on the Columbia label in 1979.[1]

Stepping Stones: Live at the Village Vanguard was reissued by Legacy Recordings in 2005. The re-release was produced by Shaw's producer Michael Cuscuna and Shaw's son Woody Louis Armstrong Shaw III, both of whom contributed new liner notes along with Shaw's long-time trombonist Steve Turre. The reissue was remastered by engineer Mark Wilder.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

Scott Yanow of Allmusic stated "the band sounds technically and creatively inspired... Shaw pushed those innovations as far as they could go. Few have come close to approaching his artistry and cerebral architecture and none have gone past it. Stepping Stones: Live at the Village Vanguard captures that artistry in motion".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Woody Shaw except as indicated

  1. "Stepping Stone" - 9:12
  2. "In a Capricornian Way" - 11:16
  3. "Seventh Avenue" (Victor Lewis) - 8:35
  4. "All Things Being Equal Are Not" (Onaje Allan Gumbs) - 12:04 *
  5. "Escape Velocity" (Clint Houston) - 11:14 **
  6. "Blues for Ball" (McCoy Tyner) - 17:12 *
  7. "Theme for Maxine" - 1:00

*Released on the 2005 reissue by Sony Legacy and in 2011 on Woody Shaw: The Complete Columbia Albums Collection .

**Originally released on Shaw's 1979 Columbia album Woody III.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "It All Comes Back to You (Onaje Allen Gumbs) - 10:14
  2. "Watership Down (Clint Houston) - 13:48
  3. "Solar" (Miles Davis) - 16:20
  4. "On Green Dolphin Street" (Bronisław Kaper, Ned Washington) - 16:01
  5. "Days of Wine and Roses (Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer) - 13:40



  1. ^ Woody Shaw discography accessed August 21, 2013
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review, accessed August 21, 2013