Patuxent CD-115 Steve Abshire - Big Brass Bed Blues
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This is an album for people who love music. It seems to me that the majority of young jazz guitarists today are more interested in musical sound effects than the music itself. They seem to be far more involved in a never ending acquisition of equipment and learning how to operate it, than in creating music.
There are a few exceptions to this seemingly universal approach. I consider Emily Remler, Martin Taylor and Louis Stewart to be players who place their musical integrity first. Steve Abshire most certainly falls into this category.
I have been close friends with Steve for nine years; and his desire for musical improvement and maturity has never diminished. He is to be complimented for his choice of material and the thoughtful approach given to each selection.
Chuck Redd, who has been the drummer with the Charlie Byrd Trio for the past six years, makes his vibes debut here. He played with a musical concept and maturity far beyond his years.
John Previti (bass) and John Greeley (drums) are two good young dedicated players who provided Steve and Chuck excellent support in various musical situations. Steve and his friends can be proud of this album.
I was very pleased to join the group on Mike Shepherd’s Big Brass Bed Blues. If you like good honest jazz - this album is for you.
I would like to express my gratitude to Herb Ellis for being part of this album, and for giving me the musical direction and goal that I strive for.