Every song on the five track album was written by Shaw and covers a range of influences, calling to mind a wide array of jazz styles, both traditional and more contemporary. Speaking about the album, Shaw says “In jazz, I’ve always had a voice in my head along with an approach I’ve been going for and I really wanted to put out something that captured the sound I wanted; I want it all to come under a unified voice. I’ve always lacked confidence in my abilities as a jazz musician and for a long time felt that I was hopelessly inadequate as both a player and composer so anything I was doing wasn’t worthy of putting down on record. But as I was turning 30, I started slowly unburdening myself of some of that self-doubt and began to focus more on the joy of the craft and the making of music, rather than the assumptions I had put up as roadblocks. So I hope when people listen to the album that they’ll understand that though I’m still searching and trying to find things, in this moment in time, what you hear is the best representation of what I’m trying to do.”
Ben Shaw has an insatiable appetite for creating new music. He composes modern compositions in the jazz tradition and has performed across the Northeast as a member of several different ensembles, spending time as both a leader and sideman. As an instrumentalist he regularly collaborates with a wide range of local and internationally renowned artists on recordings and live performances.
In 2020 he released his self-titled debut jazz album, "BEN SHAW", which covers a lot of sonic territory over its five tracks, calling to mind a wide array of jazz styles, both traditional and more contemporary. It is available for streaming and purchase on all platforms, links and liner notes available here.
Individual charts available soon.
"BEN SHAW - the charts" physical booklet
“BEN SHAW: the charts” is a limited 50 book run, all hand numbered and signed, released in partnership with James Toomey and the Where The Living Room Used To Be Podcast and printed by Sheahan Printing in Woonsocket, RI. Includes a forward and poems written by Shaw, and a high quality digital download of the album.