Welsh jazz vocalist Ian Shaw makes an impressive American label debut here, with a freethinking repertoire, no drummer, and just the expert mainstream piano of co-headliner Cedar Walton, Iain Ballamy on saxophones and David Williams on bass behind him. While Shaw doesn't have a particularly striking or memorable timbre, he more than makes up for that in flexibility, range, and a wide spectrum of vocal influences from the bebop era and R&B through the unclassifiable Al Jarreau.
The Sandie Shaw Supplement was a television show hosted by the British singer Sandie Shaw in 1968; and also the name of her fourth original album released in November of that year by Pye Records, and re-issued shortly afterwards on the Marble Arch label. The TV show included Shaw singing the songs from the album. Most of the shows have since been erased by the BBC, after Shaw asked for them to put the film on videotape. Only two episodes (episodes 2 & 3) have survived, after being returned to the BBC from overseas in the early 1990s. Episode 2 was shown on BBC2 shortly after being recovered. The audio tracks to some episodes have survived and pirate versions can sometimes be found on the internet but are generally hard to find.
One of jazz's finest clarinetists, Artie Shaw never seemed fully satisfied with his musical life, constantly breaking up successful bands and running away from success. While Count Basie and Duke Ellington were satisfied to lead just one orchestra during the swing era, and Benny Goodman (due to illness) had two, Shaw led five, all of them distinctive and memorable.