Recorded by Katherine Miller and mixed by Roy Hendrickson
at Avatar Studios, New York City, June, 2003.
Assistant engineer: Peter Doris
Mastered by Alan Silverman, Arf!, New York
Associate Producer: Derek Kwan
Executive Producer: Darren Crowdy
Executive Producers for 441 Records: Kirk Imamura and Harvey Rosen
"A World Still Turning"
Even though jazz is a music that thrives on danger, jazz listeners can be notoriously unforgiving when they feel an artist is straying too far afield, but throughout A World Still Turning Shaw defines his own brand of truth, and it is compelling. Much as Sonny Rollins has made a career out of transforming the most arcane pop curiosities into jazz standards, Shaw has a keen and discerning eye for the fresh melodic and rhythmic possibilities inherent in the popular music of baby boomers and Generation X-ers alike, as well as those chestnuts that inspired his own archetypes such as Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughan and Shirley Horn. He makes them all cohere in the manner of the classic Tin Pan Alley/Jazz song-form idiom, draws them into his own aesthetic (not the other way around), imbues each one with a sense of something personal and emotional and lived-in, and more importantly, makes it all swing.