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Album Review

Trumpeter Bobby Shew gets to display his love for Afro-Cuban jazz on this highly enjoyable CD. He teams up with quite a few notables from the field: trombonist Art Velasco, Justo Almario on tenor and flute, pianist Mark Levine, bassist Eddie Resto, Papo Rodriguez on bongos, Tiki Pasillas on timbales, and Michito Sanchez on congas plus guest trumpeter Sal Cracchiolo. Among the highlights are "Cubano Chant," Cal Tjader's "Paunetto's Point," and "Elation." Shew sounds quite comfortable in this setting, with the results being delightful and infectious.

Customer Reviews

Awesome Release!

Bobby Shew is to be commended for the authenticity he gives to this latin jazz project. Every arrangement is tight but highly expressive. Hopefully Bobby will be inspired to produce a sequel.

This is really caliente

Very salsa, salsa, salsa. If you know about salsa this cd is it.

Great Album!

Trumpet virtuoso Bobby Shew gives an amazing performance in this cd as he shares with us his take on this Latin music genre. His solos are amazing and flavorful, and the band does a great job in following his lead. Bobby is an awesome trumpet player, also check out the great sax solo on the track titled Santo Domingo. This is a solid album all the way through.


Born: March 4, 1941 in Albuquerque, NM

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

A very valuable trumpeter, Bobby Shew has the rare dual ability of being able to play lead in big bands and star as a soloist in combos. His style is out of the hard bop tradition. Shew, who became an important jazz educator, was ironically mostly self-taught. He worked with Woody Herman (1965), Buddy Rich (1966-1967), and then for a long stretch in Las Vegas show bands. In 1973, Shew settled in Los Angeles and worked in the studios, but found time to play jazz, most notably with the Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew...
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