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Midwest Shuffle

Album: Midwest Shuffle
# Song Title   Time
1)    Excuse Me Mr. Watson!
2)    Blues of Hope
3)    Time Will Tell
4)    Cats, The
5)    Welcome
6)    Complex Dialogue
7)    Mirrors (We All Need)
8)    Ladies
9)    Midwest Shuffle
10)    I'll Love You Always
11)    He's More Good Than Bad
12)    Finger Games
13)    Mabel Is Able
14)    Simon Says
Product Details
Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Bobby Watson (alto saxophone); Terell Stafford (trumpet); Edward Simon (piano); Essiet Essiet (bass); Victor Lewis (drums).
  • Recorded live at Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 22-23, 1993; Kentucky Center For The Arts, Louisville, Kentucky, October 30, 1993; Sheldon Concert Hall, St. Louis, Missouri, November 3, 1993; Dakota Bar & Grill, St. Paul, Minnesota, November 9-10, 1993. Includes liner notes by Jon W. Poses.
  • Personnel: Bobby Watson (alto saxophone); Terell Stafford (trumpet); Edward Simon (piano); Victor Lewis (drums, snare drum).
  • Audio Mixer: James Nichols.
  • Liner Note Author: Jon W. Poses.
  • Recording information: Dakota Bar & Grill, St. Paul, MN (10/22/1993-11/10/1993); Kentucky Center For The Arts, l Ain Bou Kellal (10/22/1993-11/10/1993); Manchester Craftsman's Guild, P and W Patch (10/22/1993-11/10/1993); Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, Pittsburgh, PA (10/22/1993-11/10/1993); Manhattan Center Studios, NY, NY (10/22/1993-11/10/1993); Sheldon Conc (10/22/1993-11/10/1993); Sheldon Concert Hall, St. Louis, MO (10/22/1993-11/10/1993).
  • Photographers: Robert Bowman; Gary Becker; Scott Pollard.
  • This interesting live CD, which includes some rather frivolous but harmless on-stage dialogue, features Bobby Watson's group Horizon. The quintet (comprised of altoist Watson, trumpeter Terell Stafford, pianist Edward Simon, bassist Essiet Essiet and drummer Victor Lewis) was one of the finest hard bop units of the time and one of the few that played together with the same personnel on a regular basis. Highlights of their spirited set include the joyous "Blues of Hope," "Complex Dialogue," "Midwest Shuffle" and "Mable Is Able." ~ Scott Yanow
Professional Reviews
Down Beat (5/94, p.46) - 4 1/2 Stars - Very Good Plus - "...[Watson's group] Horizon is as solid as any jazz group working today; like a championship basketball team they're strong in all five positions...[Bobby] Watson has maintained [Art Blakey's] '70s style, a gleaming alloy of Messenger Horace Silver's Caribbean-gospel-blues amalgam with the molten modalism of middle-period Coltrane...."
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