Ok, I admit it. Any time I see the name Bobby Shew attached to a recording, my curiosity is aroused. And Shew’s lyrical trumpet and flugelhorn are featured here among other prime time soloists. Composer-flutist Jim Olsen has composed from a varied pallette, including classic swinging material, ballad delicacies, “out there” journeys, and even some electronic meanderings. In addition to Shew’s stunning trumpet and flugelhorn solos, veteran reedman Dick Oatts is also featured. The ensemble is a bit smaller than a big band, and as such it allows for a lot of movement and freedom for all the primary players. This is rather adventurous music, almost demanding your attention. Olsen travels many roads here, and if you have the ear for it you’ll admire his creativity and versatility.