The Iron Men (album)

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The Iron Men
The Iron Men (album).jpg
Studio album by Woody Shaw and Anthony Braxton
Released 1980
Recorded April 6 & 13, 1977
Blue Rock Studio, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 61:07
Label Muse
MR 5160
Producer Michael Cuscuna
Woody Shaw chronology
The Woody Shaw Concert Ensemble at the Berliner Jazztage
(1976)The Woody Shaw Concert Ensemble at the Berliner Jazztage1976
The Iron Men

The Iron Men is an album led by trumpeter Woody Shaw which was recorded in 1977 but not released on the Muse label until 1980.[1][2] The Iron Men was reissued by Mosaic Records as part of Woody Shaw: The Complete Muse Sessions in 2013.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 5/5 stars[4]

Scott Yanow of Allmusic stated, "This is a particularly interesting set by Woody Shaw (not yet reissued on CD) because it teams the trumpeter with the great saxophonist Anthony Braxton and such forward-thinking players as altoist Arthur Blythe, pianist Muhal Richard Abrams, bassist Cecil McBee and drummer Joe Chambers".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Woody Shaw, Muhal Richard Abrams and Cecil McBee except as indicated

  1. "Iron Man" (Eric Dolphy) - 6:30
  2. "Jitterbug Waltz" (Fats Waller) - 8:26
  3. "Symmetry" (Andrew Hill) - 8:24
  4. "Diversion One" - 2:55
  5. "Song of Songs" (Shaw) - 13:35
  6. "Diversion Two" - 2:52



  1. ^ Woody Shaw discography accessed August 21, 2013
  2. ^ Woody Shaw catalog accessed August 22, 2013
  3. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review, accessed August 21, 2013
  4. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 178. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.