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Bobby Lewis

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"Instant Groove"

S-SSD 0121

UPC: 700797012124

March 2006

Bobby Lewis is a veteran Southport Records artist, with “Instant Groove” as his eighth CD release for the label! From the debut release of “Inside This Song” (1993) the past thirteen years has delivered a bounty of warmth, beauty and expert musicianship from this masterful musician. “Another Time,” “Passion Flower,” “Here I Go Again,” “Flugel Gourmet,” “Just Havin’ Some Fun,” and the classic re-issue 2-CD set “In The Forefront” all showcase a singular sound and focus with fresh arrangements of classic standards, bossas, re-workings of classical repertoire and strikingly original compositions.

“Instant Groove” is dedicated in remembrance to the late, great electric bassist Thomas Kini. Thomas’ sound can still be heard on “Instant Groove” on two selections, “Saudade II” and “Dreamsville.” To quote Bobby Lewis in his CD liner notes on Thomas, “His passing in 2004 was shocking to all whose lives he touched, and the INSTANT GROOVE that he possessed (smile, spirit, musicianship, kindness and magnetism) will forever be remembered.”

“Instant Groove” features, along with pianist Jim Ryan, tenor/alto sax man Pat Mallinger, bassist Rob Amster, drummer Jeff Stitely, guitarist Curtis Robinson, and percussionist Alejo Poveda, special guest artists - acoustic bass from Rob Kassinger, tenor sax and bassoon from Burl Lane, tuba from Dan Perantoni and the electric bass work of Thomas Kini. Recorded at Sparrow Sound Design Recording Studio, Chicago 2005, “Instant Groove” is Southport Records release #121!!!

“Fresh, new and alive…” – Rick Kogan, The Chicago Tribune / WGN Radio

“…sighing, pervasively lyric style and remarkable purity of tone…” – Howard Reich, The Chicago Tribune

“As the ultimate pied piper, Lewis attracts like minded Chi-town talent” – Michael G. Nastos, AMG All Music Guide

Another Time

"Another Time"

S-SSD 0100

  UPC: 700797010021



Master trumpet/flugelhorn/composer/arranger Bobby Lewis delivers his 7th Southport CD release with “Another Time.” The recorded legacy of a jazz and new music artist is like a musical novel of the times and events that trace the society and art. With each new CD, starting with the first, the 1993 “Inside This Song,” Bobby Lewis has opened his world of melody and harmonic innovation to the world audience.

In The Forefront

"In The Forefront"

S-SSD 0079

UPC: 700797007922

August 2000

Classic session tapes from Chicago’s Universal Studios, remastered in a 2 CD set, with Rufus Reid, Bonnie Herman.

Just Havin' Some Fun

"Just Havin' Some Fun"

S-SSD 0063

UPC: 700797006321

June 1999


CD #5 from flugelhorn/trumpet master! With Bonnie Herman on vocals, the “Bobby Band”, Chicago Symphony clarinets...

Flugel Gourmet

"Flugel Gourmet"

S-SSD 0045

UPC: 700797004525

October 1997

Bobby’s 4th CD explores the blend of jazz/latin and classical with an 18 member ensemble.

Here I Go Again

"Here I Go Again"

S-SSD 0030

UPC: 700797003023

February 1995


The ‘trilogy’ - CD #3, showcases the lyrical flugel horn of Lewis with jazz vocals!

Passion Flower

"Passion Flower"

S-SSD 0022

UPC: 700797002224

January 1994

Veteran flugelhorn/trumpet man’s 2nd release featuring strings...and reed man Don Shelton!

Inside This Song

"Inside This Song"

S-SSD 0016

UPC: 700797001623

November 1993


Lewis’ debut marks the polished sound of a Bobby Lewis CD!

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