Bell’s second release as a leader, Trio, features a departure from traditional Jazz formats and song structures. Bell instead draws on covers by R&B and Rock artists alongside original material that grooves rather than swings. He is joined by some of the Midwest’s most in-demand and versatile sidemen, including Mitch Towne on organ and John Kizilarmut on drum set.
Bell’s critically-acclaimed debut release Things Yet Unknown features a thoughtful mix of modern hard bop originals and fresh arrangements of Jazz standards. Looking to the work of Woody Shaw, Shawn uses a trombone and trumpet front line as the vehicle for this album’s melodic statements. Bell’s full tone and melodic approach to improvisation are showcased throughout, along with his inventive take on writing for Jazz quintet.