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Bobby Shew with the University of Florida Jazz Band: Bobby Shew - Live 1983

Read "Bobby Shew - Live 1983" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

What once was lost, now is found. Scott Wilson, head of the jazz studies program at the University of Florida, recently discovered this recording of a concert from 1983 that features Bobby Shew as the guest soloist with the University of Florida Jazz Band, then under the direction of Gary Langford. And what a find it is. Shew's creative soloing and stratospheric statements merge seamlessly with this tight band, an outfit that can pack a mean wallop when the music ...


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Bobby Shew / The Kjell : I Can't Say No

Read "I Can't Say No" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Brilliance can be a blessing or a curse. Some musicians make excellence seem so easy that hardly anyone is surprised by another superlative performance, simply accepting it as a matter of course. As Exhibit A, there’s trumpeter Bobby Shew, who has been around for years, paid his dues in groups both large and small, has a lovely sound, remarkable technique, and seems incapable of fashioning a less-than-rewarding musical experience. In other words, he’s good, so good that his artistry is ...


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Bobby Shew, Gary Foster and Friends: Play The Music Of Reed Kotler

Read "Play The Music Of Reed Kotler" reviewed by Jim Santella

It's a refreshing, straight-ahead quintet that interprets these songs by San Francisco Bay area composer Reed Kotler. All five members of the quintet solo throughout this 2-CD set; but it's the distinctive, front line work of Bobby Shew and Gary Foster that thrills. Shew provided the musical arrangements. As his schedule reveals, the trumpeter is noted for his work all over the world as a brass clinician. Here, on this album, Shew's big bold tone and exciting technique provide adventure. ...


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Bobby Shew: The Music of John Harmon

Read "The Music of John Harmon" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Composer / arranger / pianist John Harmon has been associated with Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, for more than forty years as student and educator, and was the first director of the university’s Jazz Studies program. To honor Harmon’s many contributions, the music department brought together the university’s Jazz, Trumpet and Wind Ensembles and Symphony Orchestra to perform Harmon’s music with guest trumpeter Bobby Shew who also takes part in half a dozen duets with Harmon at the piano. Harmon, ...


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Bobby Shew: Salsa Caliente

Read "Salsa Caliente" reviewed by Jack Bowers

It is mildly surprising that Bobby Shew hasn’t recorded until now an album of Latin Jazz. He was raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he played the music often as a young man. While his career took him in other directions — to the studios in Los Angeles, the trumpet sections of a number of well–respected big bands, and eventually all over the world as a sought–after solo performer — his love for its fiery melodies and unconventional rhythms never ...


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Bobby Shew with the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra: Easy to Love

Read "Easy to Love" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As guest trumpeter Bobby Shew says in his liner notes to Easy to Love - and I certainly won't disagree - “the MYJO is hot!" Bobby adds that the Midlands-based ensemble is “one of the finest youth bands" with which he has ever performed. Again, no argument from this quarter. I've been an enthusiastic partisan since hearing the band's first recording a couple or three years ago (in concert) with alto saxophonist Lanny Morgan. Its second recording is in some ...


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