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Open Road

by Shapiro Project

This is original, energetic Jazz music in the best tradition of straight-ahead, mainstream, and contemporary styles. " Listening to the Shapiro Project you will hear the musical spirit which will carry them to greater heights and the success they deserve.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Open Road
7:08 $1.11
2. The Naked Soul of Blues
6:47 $1.11
3. Untitled
6:10 $1.11
4. Resolution
6:32 $1.11
5. Inner Rage
6:04 $1.11
6. Mr. Scofield
7:52 $1.11
7. A Wide Field
7:37 $1.11
8. Lazy Move
7:30 $1.11
9. Omen
7:31 $1.11
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Shapiro Project is a Las Vegas based Jazz quartet led by guitarist and composer Eugene Shapiro. It also features Eugene's brother Boris Shapiro on drums.

Shapiro Project is a Jazz group with a fresh approach to the Jazz idiom mainly through new works written by Eugene Shapiro and the creative musicianship that gives their sound a sparkling vitality.

The band was organized in 2000 by four University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) graduate students pursuing Jazz studies degrees.

All the members of the Shapiro Project are very experienced Jazz musicians with more than 10 years of performing experience in playing Jazz and commercial music all over the United States and the world-Japan, Israel, Germany etc.

Shapiro Project have participated in many Jazz festivals such as Spirit of Music Festival in San Francisco, CA, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow, ID, Fremont Street Jazz Festival in Las Vegas, NV, and International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) Conference in Los Angeles, CA.

Shapiro Project first CD "True Colors" featuring 11 original compositions written by Eugene Shapiro was released on TNC Jazz Recordings in January 2002. The quartet's second CD "Open Road" was released in November 2005 and features 9 original compositions written by Eugene Shapiro. The music of the Shapiro Project ranges from straight ahead to modal Jazz, as well as Funk, Latin, and contemporary Jazz.

The members of Shapiro Project have played with many world known musicians such as Michel Legrand, Mulgrew Miller, Walt Weiskopf, The Temptations, The Mills Brothers, Dave Liebman and Cedar Walton.

In Las Vegas Shapiro Project and it's members have performed at Venetian Hotel and Casino, Paris Hotel and Casino, Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino, Bellagio Hotel and Casino, Wynn Hotel and Casino, MGM Grand etc. Shapiro Project also played numerous concerts for the Las Vegas Jazz Society, Las Vegas Clark County Parks and Recreations, and for the City of Henderson Jazz and Cultural concert series.

"...listening to this will hear the musical spirit which will carry them to greater heights and the success they deserve."

Eugene Shapiro is endorsed by Thomastik-Infeld strings company. He is also a recipient of the Nevada Arts Council Fellowship in Jazz Composition.


Eugene Shapiro is a Jazz guitarist, composer, arranger, bandleader, and educator. He holds a Master's Degree in Jazz studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and teaches guitar for the Community College of Southern Nevada.

Shapiro also leads a Las Vegas based Jazz quartet called the Shapiro Project. The Shapiro Project has two CD's to their credit with his original compositions, "True Colors" (TNC Jazz Recordings) and "Open Road." Shapiro and the Shapiro Project have appeared at many music and Jazz festivals, including Spirit of Music Festival in San Francisco, CA, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow, ID, Fremont Street Jazz Festival in Las Vegas, NV, and the International Association of Jazz Educators Conference in Los Angeles, CA.

Shapiro is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. He has received numerous awards from the Nevada Arts Council, ASCAP Pop awards, and an honorable mention in the Billboard Songwriting Contest.

He has shared the stage with such renowned Jazz musicians and composers as Michel Legrand, Walt Weiskopf, Carl Fontana, Jiggs Wigham, Ed Soph, Stefan Karlsson, and Tom Warrington.

Shapiro is endorsed by the Thomastik-Infeld strings company.


Boris Shapiro holds Master's Degree in Jazz Studies (Drum Set) from University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

His major drum teachers include Billy Higgins, Gregory Hutchinson, and Steve Houghton.

Boris has performed at many Jazz festivals, including Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow, Idaho where he also won the Jazz Competition for young drummers. Other major festivals include Cape May Jazz Festival (New Jersey, NJ), Eilat Red Sea Jazz Festival (Eilat, Israel), IAJE (Los Angeles, CA), and Stanford Jazz Festival (Stanford, CA).

Boris Shapiro has lived and worked in Philadelphia, PA for a few years, where he was a protege of the great drummer Mickey Roker. He has worked with such renown Jazz musicians as Mulgrew Miller, Cedar Walton, Rufus Reid, Roy Hargrove, James Moody, Art Harper, John Swana, Mark Levin, Valery Ponomarev, Cecil Payne, Ingrid Jensen, Joey Calderazzo, and many others.


1. Open Road (7:05)

2. The Naked Soul of Blues (6:44)

3. Untitled (6:07)

4. Resolution (6:29)

5. Inner Rage (6:01)

6. Mr. Scofield (7:49)

7. A Wide Field (7:34)

8. Lazy Move (7:27)

9. Omen (7:30)



Rusty Blevins-saxophones

Kevin Thomas-bass

All compositions written by Eugene Shapiro, except No. 7 ("A Wide Field")-a Russian Folk Song-arranged by Eugene Shapiro. All compositions are published by ASCAP. C&P 2005. Shapiro Project Records.

Produced by Eugene Shapiro and Boris Shapiro. Recorded and mixed at the SonSongs Studios in Las Vegas, NV by "T-Bone" Demman. Mastered by Jonathan Marcus at the Orpharion Recordings in Long Beach, CA.

Design and layout by Eugene Shapiro and Boris Shapiro. The CD's are manufactured by Disc Makers in Pennsauken, NJ.


1. Open Road. The title track. Beautiful melody, charming chord progression in 3/4, and great playing. Solos: guitar, tenor sax, bass.

2. The Naked Soul of Blues. Great grooves, ear-catching melody. You can trace influences of R&B, Funk, and, of course, Blues. Solos: guitar, alto sax.

3. Untitled. Gorgeous composition with very expressive playing by the band. You will be mesmerized by this tune. Played with a "free time" concept, this is a real jewel. Solos: soprano sax, guitar.

4. Resolution. Nice, groovy Bossa-Nova. This shows our Latin influence, especially Brazilian. Solos: tenor sax, guitar, bass.

5. Inner Rage. Modal, energetic and intense Jazz, We don't "sleep on the job" like many other bands on the West Coast do. We do like and practice East Coast style. Solos: tenor sax, guitar, drums.

6. Mr. Scofield. You will definitely hear John Scofield's writing influence in this composition. Especially his more simplistic and great style of basic urban Funk. Grooves really hard and the Shapiro Project's playing is engaging. Solos: guitar (with light distortion), tenor sax (with an octave effect).

7. A Wide Field. I took a melody of the famous Russian Folk song "Wide Filed" and arranged it as a Jazz tune. Russia is where me and my brother Boris were born, so it's showing our roots and how we apply them to Jazz. Originally "Wide Filed" is in 4/4, but I made my version a 3/4 intense modal and swinging tune. The guitar/sax Soli you hear throughout the tune and the Intro/Ending is my original contribution to the song. I am sure they will capture your ear and mind. Solos: tenor sax, guitar, drums.

8. Lazy Move. The most commercial tune on this CD. Very danceable and groovy, reflects an influence of an early 70's R&B and soul Jazz, and also Funk and Fusion. The Soli after the solos is probably the best part of the song. Solos: tenor sax, guitar.

9. Omen. Last, but not least on this CD. Back to modal, expressive, "on the edge," hard swinging Jazz. Starts with a great drum intro. Throughout the CD the band's playing is engaging, and this tune is not an exception. The fastest on the CD. Solos: drums, guitar, alto sax, drums.




to write a review

Patrick Gaffey (JazzNotes)

"You will be glad you bought this album."
C D R E V I E W B Y P A T R I C K G A F F E Y.

This album is a joy, from its cover, a landscape
which looks drawn on an Etch-ASketch,
through each and every tune. The
Shapiro Project continues to evolve. Kevin
Thomas went to New York City to seek his
fortune, Russ Blevins is playing with other Las
Vegas bands now, but the talented Shapiro
brothers continue to find excellent new bandmates.
Still, the Open Road band will be hard to
top. Rusty stands out from start of the title
tune for his command of nuance. Eugene
(originally Evgeny; the brothers were born in
the USSR—theres a title he hasnt used yet)
has digested the straightahead jazz guitar tradition.
Kevin is a real bass player, with the apt
solution for any situation, and Boris is simply
a great drummer. Every one has mastered the
art of producing beautiful sound, making this
an album every jazz lover will listen to over and over.

Rusty’s solo on “Open Road” is resourceful
and brilliant, but is lifted to the highest level
by the support of the other three. Kevin plays
a rich ostinato, Eugene’s comping feeds ideas
and Boris keeps the flame high.

“The Naked Soul of Blues” is a ballad
which could be a classic, and the band shows
its ability to keep a slow tune compelling.
Again, the work of Kevin and Boris behind
Eugene’s solo is just as vital as the thoughtful
solo itself.

I praised “Mr. Scofield” after a live performance
and remain impressed by Eugene’s nerve
in taking on the cleverest composer working
today. He has created a tune John Scofield
could have written. Boris recalls the incredibly
funky work of Billy Martin on Scofield’s finest
album, A Go Go. Eugene’s solo starts with
clean rhythms cleaving to the funky beat, then
he quotes “Jean Pierre” to great effect, a
tune Scofield played countless times while in
Miles Davis’ band.

Rusty refers to a different Scofield album,
Hand Jive, which featured saxophonist Eddie
Harris, a Blevins favorite. Rusty solos using
either a Varitone or a similar device and uses
Eddie’s difficult technique of call and
response, low register replying to high.
The album is well-balanced, switching from
medium to ballad tempos, maintaining an
overall relaxed groove. You will be glad you
bought this album. jn.
Patrick Gaffey is a jazz fan.

Lou Bruno

You are going to want to add "Open Road" to your listening experience and CD col
all content copyright 2005, website design by JMG

Shapiro Project
Open Road
[E. Shapiro, C&P 2005]
Review by Lou Bruno
Date: Jan, 2006 [9 Tracks 63:13 Total-Spin-Time]

Shapiro Project is a Las Vegas based Jazz quartet led by guitarist and composer Eugene Shapiro. The band was organized in 2000 by four University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) graduate students pursuing Jazz studies degrees. Shapiro Project presents the listener with an innovative peek into today's new contemporary jazz sound. The results on Open Road are very engaging compositions that are dynamic in creativity and musicianship.

Open Road is the quartet's second CD and features original compositions written by Eugene Shapiro. Their website describes this project as "ranges from straight-ahead to modal jazz; as well as Funk, Latin, and contemporary Jazz." In my opinion, a couple of the songs even lean towards the Free and Fusion genre also. Boris Shapiro, the drummer and Eugene's brother, adds tremendous depth, pace and timing to the overall tightness of the rhythm section throughout the project.

So what is Modal Jazz? Modal jazz is jazz played using musical modes rather than chord progressions. The composer chooses not to write their songs using chords, but instead uses modal scales. In the instant case of Open Road, this meant that Kevin Thomas, the bassist, for instance, did not have to "walk" from one important note of a chord to that of another - as long as he stayed in the scale being used and accentuated the right notes within the scale, he could go virtually everywhere. To give another example, Eugene Shapiro, the guitarist, would not have to play the same chords or variations of the chords, but could do anything, as long as he stayed within the scale being used. The overall result is more freedom of expression. In essence, this is a return to melody. It also has a kind of bluesy sounding musical quality to it. Open Road reminded me of what Miles Davis' accomplished on the song, "So What" from the "Kind of Blue" album.

This cd offers the listener some edgy, expressive, upbeat tunes, but all done in a tasteful and approachable overall sound. Tracks like "The Naked Soul of Blues", "Inner Rage," "A Wide Field" (a Russian Folk Song), and "Omen" are my favorites. "Untitled," track three, is a very reflective, moody, and dark, in a "free-time" concept tune that could fit very nicely in a movie score of a mystery or suspense film. The project's overall sound quality is very good and the recording gives one the impression it was recorded either on the first or second take in the studio. The entire band brings this music to life as if they were born to play it.

The tunes here are excellent and inventive, and the listener is the winner. If you like the music of Kenny Garrett, Bob Berg, Dave Weckl, John Patitucci, John Scofield, Mike Stern, Michael Brecker, UZEB, Steps Ahead, Yellowjackets, and Vital Information, then you are going to want to add Open Road to your listening experience and cd collection.

John Smith

I found myself spinning this CD again and again, and I think so will you.
This CD is awesome. Recommend it to anybody. The tunes are beautiful and groovy, and the band sounds cool.

There's a variety of styles on this CD, so I think many people with different music tastes will enjoy it. "Open Road" is a great CD for your CD collection.

I found myself spinning this CD again and again, and I think so will you. I especially like "Open Road," "The Naked Soul of Blues, "Mr. Scofiled," and "A Wide Field."

Thanks Shapiro Project!