Bob Sheppard "In the Now" [SJL1018]
"In The Now" is overdue. Bob Sheppard is an accomplished and distinctive multi-reed player, a world-class sideman (Akiyoshi-Tabackin, Freddie Hubbard, Chick Corea, Steely Dan) and is a suave, sophisticated player, with a seductive suppleness and sheen to his sound on both tenor and soprano saxophones". - Down Beat
After receiving a Master's Degree from The Eastman School of Music, Bob Sheppard quickly became established as one of the most highly respected and well-known improvising artists on the music scene today.
Currently a member of The Peter Erskine Trio, he has also toured with Chick Corea's "Origin" for two years and is featured on Chick Corea's Grammy nominated CD, Change. Over the past 20 years he has performed and maintained many of his associations and on-going collaborations with the following artists: Freddie Hubbard, Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Horace Silver, Lyle Mays, Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Big Band, and Billy Childs.
His versatile musicianship has extended to a wide variety of recordings with artists such as Kurt Elling, Steely Dan, Rickie Lee Jones, Manhattan Transfer, Diane Reeves and, Elvis Costello. Acknowledged for his inspiring musical spontaneity, his dramatic playing style is supported by an expressive warm tone that fluctuates through tonal ranges of dark intensity to lyrical sensitivity. These attributes, combined with his keen musical intuition, make him a desirable and creative collaborator who accents performances with his own personal twist. Significant touring with both Joni Mitchell and Natalie Cole have continued to keep Bob Sheppard an MVP within the highest echelons of music making.