Archive for October 29th, 2021

George Shaw – Encounters

a2836757417_16After spending the bulk of the ’70s as a hired gun for David Ruffin, Marvin Gaye, and The Temptations, George Shaw got a call from Palo Alto’s TBA label. The fledgling smooth jazz imprint was desperate to fill the void left by their golden child George Howard, who had just jumped ship for MCA Records.

On the heels of his debut’s success, TBA kept George Shaw on an aggressive pace, recording and releasing two albums in 1986, including the sci-fi-inspired Encounters. Stacked with synths, drum machines, and Shaw’s trademark flugelhorn, the album evokes the sinister undercurrent of America in the ’80s.

Now you can buy this smooth jazz jewel again at bandcamp.