What's his playing style? Hot, cool? More traditional or more abstract? If you were to recommend one or two albums, which would you recommend most strongly?
Sorry for the late reply, Geo Dude. Woody Shaw's style falls somewhere between hot/cool and his style depends all on the music he's playing and/or who he's playing with. He mostly falls in the bebop style. He's one of the more lyrical trumpeters of his time. He had a great sense of melody and his improvisations are always on a high level. Sometimes pretty daring harmonically. I would start with either Solid
. I recently listened to a little bit of In My Own Sweet Way
and it's quite good as well, but I would definitely start with either of the albums I mentioned.