Trumpeter Bobby Lewis is more than “just havin’ some fun.” Indeed, the veteran Chicago mainstay is playing out of a tuneful neo-mainstream bag with intelligence and melodic grace. All said, it’s serious fun! Setting up the perky rhythms are some of Chitown’s best: keyboardist Jim Ryan; guitarist Curtis Robinson; bassists Thomas Kini, John Bany and Rob Kassinger; drummers Jeff Stitely and Paul Wertico; and percussionists Alejo Poveda, Ruben Alvarez, and Geraldo de Oliveira. The fine horn players include saxman Pat Mallinger and trombonist Jim Beebe.
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