Picks and Pans Review: Trumpets No End

UPDATED 03/11/1985 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 03/11/1985 at 01:00 AM EST

Bobby Shew/Chuck Findley

There's a delightful free-at-last quality to this album. Findley and Shew are old friends; both played horns for Buddy Rich. Shew has since led small groups on the West Coast, while Findley has become a popular studio musician, playing on albums by George Benson, Jackson Browne, Christopher Cross, George Harrison and Toto, among others. Shew and Findley got together for a club date in 1982, and the resulting chemistry led to this well-placed, vivid album of instrumental jazz. Both play trumpet and flügelhorn, while Shew plays his own double-belled "Shew horn" and Findley adds some trombone work. Their selections range from standards like I'm Old-Fashioned and Stompin' at the Savoy to Clifford Brown's Brownie Speaks and a new tune by Carl Saunders, Will Do—Done Did, which features a sprightly sequence of chase choruses. Shew's quiet Latin-sounding Nadalin allows for more reflective improvising. This is an ideal album for a lazy, thoughtful evening. (Delos Records, Santa Monica, Calif.)

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