DVD: Bobby Shew

The Bobby Shew Story (Skyhigh Films). The great trumpeter talks about his career — stumbling into a jam session at age fifteen and discovering that he had the gift of improvisation –Shew.jpg– deciding to give up studio work: “I realized I was on a chain like a pet monkey” — the joy of losing his fear of playing incorrectly: “I’m not afraid of sticking my neck out any more.” Interspersed with the interview segments are sequences of Shew performing at the Jazz Bakery with the Chris Walden big band. They include his scintillating exchanges with fellow trumpeter Kye Palmer on Clifford Brown’s “Joy Spring.” The DVD production is rudimentary, but the video quality and sound are excellent, and Shew’s insights are often profound.

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  1. Alan Herbert-Jones says

    Very interested in this DVD but at http://www.trumpetworld.net/products.htm , they say to email for international orders but NO EMAIL ADDRESS. Please could you provide a contact email?
    (At this url, http://www.trumpetworld.net/products.htm , Trumpet World gives an e-mail address for Scott Weiss: scott@weissguy.biz
    Weiss is the owner of Skyhigh Films, which produced the Shew DVD. You should be able to order directly from him. Good luck. — DR)