Bobby Shew


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Trumpeter Bobby Shew's debut as a leader (he was already 37) is a fine duet set with pianist Bill Mays. The recording was quite spontaneous, for a planned quintet album had been cancelled at the last minute due to scheduling conflicts, and studio time was suddenly available. Shew and Mays selected six standards (including "It Might as Well Be Spring," "Poor Butterfly" and "Indian Summer") that they performed without much discussion, and the duo also created a pair of free improvisations that are quite coherent and have a momentum of their own. This out-of-print LP is worth searching for.