Bobby Shew

Outstanding in His Field

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The album photo on this obscure LP from the defunct Inner City label has trumpeter Bobby Shew and his sidemen "out standing in his field" like farmers. Shew teamed up with tenor saxophonist Gordon Brisker, keyboardist Bill Mays, bassist Bob Magnusson and drummer Dick Berk for group originals (five by Shew and one from Mays) that fall into the genre of advanced hard bop. Most memorable are the ballad "Blue" (which was dedicated to trumpeter Blue Mitchell) and "The Red Snapper."