• Bill Mays
    Bill Mays
  • Bobby Shew
    Bobby Shew

Bobby Shew & Bill Mays


Fresh Sound Records

Bobby Shew (flh, tp), Bill Mays (p)

Reference: FSRCD 984

Bar code: 8427328609845

The release of this album marks an extremely memorable and significant part of my musical life. I have purposefully detained its release until we found an aesthetic appreciation and understanding of its content by a record company. We have found such an alliance with Jazz Hounds Records and Jack Harcourt’s sensitive ears and dedication to the purity of creativity.

Without realizing exactly how this music was created, one might not fully appreciate its significance to all involved. With a last minute cancellation of a quintet recording session by two members with major conflicts, I had a sudden urge to utilize the booked studio time by experimenting in duo form with Bill Mays, with whom I’d experienced a tremendous musical rapport and sensitivity. When Bill agreed, we merely brought with us assorted sheet music and song books and a short list of some particular ideas for tunes we each might like to try. We began by selecting a tune, a key, and then rolled the tape.

No further discussion occurred as to form, tempo, length of tune, etc. I wanted this experience to be as spontaneous as possible at that moment in time. In almost every case, only one take was done on each tune. No decisions were made as to a desired result. Telepathy I and II are totally spontaneous compositions.

Bill and I feel very honored to have been able to be the “chosen ones” to participate in making this music. I personally achieved a new sense of joy and freedom brought about by an even greater awareness and respect for the pure essence of totally spontaneous creativity through music, the highest challenge of the art form. Many musicians hope to experience this at least once in their lifetime; that we were and still are able to do it “at the drop of a hat” humbles us tremendously while filling our lives with the most joyful, happy, satisfying moments possible. We sincerely hope that this music touches you as deeply as it has touched us.

This album is dedicated to Miles Davis for always maintaining his own point of view!

—Bobby Shew

01. It Might As Well Be Spring (Rodgers-Hammerstein II) 5:59
02. Poor Butterfly (Hubbell-Golden) 5:26
03. Yesterdays (Kern-Harbach) 2:59
04. Telepathy (Shew-Mays) 9:32
05. The Gentle Rain (Bonfa-Dubbey) 5:43
06. You've Changed (Fisher-Casey) 4:41
07. Indian Summer (Herbert-Dubin) 5:32
08. Telepathy II (Shew-Mays) 8:39

Album details

Previously released in 1982 as 12" LP Jazz Hounds JHR0003

Bobby Shew, flugelhorn & muted trumpet; Bill Mays, piano.
Recorded at Sage & Sound Recording, North Hollywood, March 4 & April 16, 1978

Recording Engineer: Jim Mooney
Mastered by Bernie Grundman At A&M Studios, Los Angeles, California
Art Director: Renee Harcourt
Cover Photography: Nels Israelson
Back Cover Photography: Scott Windus

Produced by Bobby Shew
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol

Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas S.L.

Press reviews

"The magic telepathy between Bobby Shew and Bill Mays is experienced as one listens to these two sensitive artists exchange thoughts, functioning as open channels for the music to come through each of them spontaneously. Nothing written down… simply two gifted artists performing as one!!!

I thank them deeply for giving to all of us this delightful musical treat and rewarding spiritual experience. May there be many more of these same experiences in the future."

—Jack Harcourt


$11.88  (tax incl.)

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