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Jim Shearer's Music for Tuba and String Quartet highlights five pieces by living composers, and one that has been all but forgotten to the annals of time. Shearer opens his CD with Manny Albam's Quintet for Tuba and Strings, a work originally written for Harvey Phillips but which still remains unpublished. Shearer has gone to extensive lengths to resurrect this piece, and his program notes on the background and context of the work are particularly informative and reveal a great deal of energy Shearer has put into its revival. An accomplished jazz arranger and saxophone player, Albam's "classical" writing is full of unexpected harmonies and conversational exchanges between the tuba and members of the string quartet. Shearer's performance of this work showcases precisely why this piece should become a staple of the tuba repertoire.

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Genevieve Clarkson, Oklahoma City University ITEA Journal, Fall 2018

This is supremely expressive collaborative playing by true virtuosos.

ITEA Journal Haunted America Suite

Haunting refrains composed and performed by talented souls...

Las Cruces Sun News Haunted America Suite

This is a wonderful recording of new, highly accessible music for horn, tuba and piano, and the musicians on the recording perform brilliantly.

The Horn Call Haunted America Suite

Haunted America Suite features five musical suites—including the spooky title set—that offer a well-balanced selection of spellbinding music. . . . virtuosic musical ability on display throughout the album.

New Mexico Magazine Haunted America Suite