Jaleel Shaw is a relatively new yet powerful voice on the modern jazz scene. Get this, once you’ve heard his infallible release titled “Optimism” you will undoubtedly want to hear more from this dynamic performer. Jaleel’s warm and expressive timbre burns passionately from the core of the cold steel of his saxophone. ~ The Urban FluxJaleel Shaw | Optimism [Changu Records, 2008]
Jaleel Shaw’s second CD as a leader, the award-winning alto saxophonist and composer further solidifies his position as one of the most distinctive writer/arrangers and imposing instrumentalists on today’s international jazz scene.
Shaw’s nine originals and arrangements of two standards on Optimism, which he produced himself and is the first release on his new label Changu Records, continue to explore the ruggedly individualistic sonic landscapes the saxophonist first featured on his recording debut as a leader – 2005’s Perspective (FS New Talent 222) which was named one of that year’s top CDs by All About Jazz and Jazzwise. Writing in The New York Times, Nate Chinen praised that album as “…a showcase for Mr. Shaw’s stout, self-assured alto saxophone playing and his smartly conceived original compositions.” Chinen added that Shaw’s …”sound [is] brawny and full-bodied, but capable of quicksilver actions – and his improvisational method is surefooted and exploratory.” Shaw, then 27, won his first ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award for “Heavyweight Champion” on Perspective.