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Play On

by Bobby Lewis

Chicago Trumpeter Bobby Lewis' 10th CD, lyrical melodic Jazz; creative improvising on standards and originals, includes John Lennon's 'LOVE'; Pat Mallinger, Jim Ryan, Alejo Poveda, and vocals by Jo Belle. Also - Jeff Stitely, Andy Brown, Stewart Miller.
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1. You and the Night and the Music (feat. Jo Belle Yonely)
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2. Love
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3. Magenta - Spring
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4. Emerald - Summer
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5. Amber - Autumn
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6. Ivory - Winter
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7. The Silent Goodbye (feat. Jo Belle Yonely)
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8. Like Someone in Love
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9. It Never Entered My Mind
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10. Smiles
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11. Mr. B's Theme
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12. Stella by Starlight
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Legendary Chicago Trumpeter Bobby Lewis has been described as "one of Chicago's most beloved Trumpeters" by Chicago Tribune Jazz Critic Howard Reich, describing Bobby's latest album "…PLAY ON, which crystallizes what Lewis' followers have long admired about his music: it's serene lyricism, sleek sense of swing and heightened tonal control". Perhaps he summed up Bobby's Style many years ago: "Imagine the ardently lyric lines of Harry James, the hushes melodic poetry of Chet Baker, the impeccable good taste of Bobby Hackett, and you have the sources and the basic vocabulary of Bobby Lewis' work".

This is the 10th CD that Bobby has produced, and the creativity in his composing and improvising are abundantly evident. He is joined on this CD by his recording band - Pat Mallinger (SAX) Jim Ryan (Piano) Jeff Stitely (Drums) Stewart Miller (Bass), Alejo Poveda (Percussion) as well a new collaborator - Andy Brown (Guitar) and the inimitable vocals of Jo Belle Yonely, who receives both singing and composing credits on this Album.

The recording kicks off with a wonderful standard "You and The Night And The Music", with the added artistry of Jo Belle's vocals. The next tune "LOVE" is the John Lennon (post Beatles) composition, with Bobby doubling on Flugel Horn and a trio arrangement including Andy Brown (Guitar) and Stewart Miller (Bass). Next is an original composition by Bobby: "Seasonal Tones", comprised of 4 tracks (Magenta-Spring, Emerald-Summer, Amber- Autumn, Ivory-Winter) capturing the the color and tones of the seasons. As the Jazz Critic Howard Reich describes "Seasonal Tones in concert came across as a polished work summing up the inherently lyrical nature and tonal subtlety of Lewis' art."

Other highlights on this recording include two more tunes by the trio: 'Like Someone In Love' and the 1917 composition 'Smiles'. 'The Silent Goodbye' is a heart rending composition by Jo Belle, sung in softly emotive tones. The full recording band's outstanding ensemble playing is evident in two alluring melodies 'It Never Entered My Mind' and 'Stella By Starlight', and on another original penned by Bobby 'Mr. B's Theme' a tribute to his late friend and recording industry giant, Dick Boyell, based on his famous "Old Style - Gods Country" theme music (on which Bobby was one of the original artists).

Every track is an exhibition of stylistic virtuosity by Bobby and his collaborators, and will keep you listening intently from the first track to the last!

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Bill Benjamin

Bobby Lewis plays on, indeed.
The career of trumpeter Bobby Lewis is wide and deep. For a long time now, he has been among the first-call trumpet players in the very musical, toddlin’ town of Chicago. That’s saying a lot considering all the stellar jazz trumpet players who were born in or passed through the city. Virtually unchallenged is Bobby’s versatility and ability to adapt to any musical situation in which he finds himself. He is a “pro” in the truest sense of the word.

Bobby’s new CD, “Play On”, is an amazing entry in the trumpeter’s oeuvre. He has surrounded himself with the same coterie of excellent Chicago musicians who have worked with him on both recordings and club dates for years. The opening track is the Arthur Schwartz gem, “You and the Night and the Music”, and features vocalist Jobelle Yonely, a mainstay on the Chicago jazz scene for years. The tune is a perfect opener and played at an easy, loping tempo. It includes a typically lyrical solo chorus from Bobby. Jobelle is also featured on her very own composition, “The Silent Goodbye’, which includes a beautiful muted obbligato from Bobby. The remaining tunes feature solo turns from pianist Jim Ryan, saxophonist Pat Mallinger, drummer Jeff Stitely and others.

The highlight of the recording is almost certainly Bobby’s wonderful, new suite, “Seasonal Tones”, written especially for this record date. A spoiler alert; it just may cause you to forget the similarly entitled classical work by Antonio Vivaldi. The album liner notes describe it as “a suite of color and sound”, and it is indeed full of musically descriptive seasonal hues and tones.

Bobby Lewis’ playing and writing remain as relevant today as they were in the early 70s when I first heard and met him. Brass instrument players tend to lose embouchure or “chops” over time, but no so Mr. Lewis. His warm, burnished tone is on full display here and hasn’t lost a thing. “Play On” will continue to reward the listener as have virtually all of Bobby’s previous record dates. Get your hands on a copy as quickly as you can.
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Bill Benjamin

Bobby Lewis plays on, indeed
The career of trumpeter Bobby Lewis is wide and deep. For a long time now, he has been among the first-call trumpet players in the very musical, toddlin’ town of Chicago. That’s saying a lot considering all the stellar jazz trumpet players who were born in or passed through the city. Virtually unchallenged is Bobby’s versatility and ability to adapt to any musical situation in which he finds himself. He is a “pro” in the truest sense of the word.

Bobby’s new CD, “Play On”, is an amazing entry in the trumpeter’s oeuvre. He has surrounded himself with the same coterie of excellent Chicago musicians who have worked with him on both recordings and club dates for years. The opening track is the Arthur Schwartz gem, “You and the Night and the Music”, and features vocalist Jobelle Yonely, a mainstay on the Chicago jazz scene for years. The tune is a perfect opener and played at an easy, loping tempo. It includes a typically lyrical solo chorus from Bobby. Jobelle is also featured on her very own composition, “The Silent Goodbye’, which includes a beautiful muted obbligato from Bobby. The remaining tunes feature solo turns from pianist Jim Ryan, saxophonist Pat Mallinger, drummer Jeff Stitely and others.

The highlight of the recording is almost certainly Bobby’s wonderful, new suite, “Seasonal Tones”, written especially for this record date. A spoiler alert; it just may cause you to forget the similarly entitled classical work by Antonio Vivaldi. The album liner notes describe it as “a suite of color and sound”, and it is indeed full of musically descriptive seasonal hues and tones.

Bobby Lewis’ playing and writing remain as relevant today as they were in the early 70s when I first heard and met him. Brass instrument players tend to lose embouchure or “chops” over time, but no so Mr. Lewis. His warm, burnished tone is on full display here and hasn’t lost a thing. “Play On” will continue to reward the listener as have virtually all of Bobby’s previous record dates. Get your hands on a copy as quickly as you can.
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