"Heads Up" Seventh Avenue


"Heads Up" Seventh Avenue


Released March 2013

Originally released in 1985, drummer Mike Stephan’s group became one of the fastest hip bebop “Best New Combo” throughout Los Angeles. Seventh Avenue’s live gigs were always sold out with standing room only crowds enjoying the club scene’s at Donte’s, Carmelo’s and was one of the top three finalist at the Playboy Jazz Festival competition.The following musicians rounding out this top notch hard charging group: Tom Garvin piano, Bob Sheppard tenor, Bobby Ojeda cornet, and John Patitucci on bass.Leonard Feather of the LA Times stated, “POST-BOP BAND THAT THRIVES ON DRIVE, while other reviews from Bob Rusch of Cadence, Scott Yanow of Sound Choice, Goldmine, Brian Auerbach of Op, David Weiss of the Herald Examiner and A. James Liska of the LA Valley Daily News all raved about the band.CMJ music report also stated “…is in certain respects an older, West Coast equivalent to New York’s Out of the Blue collective…turns in an impressive, aggressive album …”Bob Sheppard was sideman to Freddy Hubbard, and Bobby was with the Count Basie Orchestra during this stint as well.


1. Pumpkins 4:48

2. Randi’s Song 5:33

3. Ways and Means 4:41

4. Rush Hour 5:05

5. Heads Up 6:00

6. Soul Dance 5:31

7. Ebullition 7:03


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