Jazz Codes takes its name from a book of poems – a collection of poems written in honor of jazz and blues icons like Woody Shaw, Amina Claudine Myers, and Mary Lou Williams.
The first song to be shared from the record is named after one of these icons, the jazz trumpeter Woody Shaw, and finds Moor Mother teaming up with soul singer Melanie Charles. While it doesn’t feature any of Shaw’s signature instrument, “Woody Shaw” has a low-key jazz approach that sits behind Moor Mother’s street-level observations and Charles’ seductive coos. The rapper rattles off imagery like rifle shots, but the impact is not painful – each is a suggestion to go an educate yourself about a part of culture that you might not have previously explored. Such is Moor Mother’s way.
Watch the video for “Woody Shaw” below or find it on streaming platforms.