A talented but short-lived
Jazz quartet, this group featured Mike
keyboards, Eric Bart on guitar, Dennis
Sexton on bass and Cleve Huff on drums.
featuring all Jazz originals was released
in 2009; the first three tunes listed
are Shellans compositions.
the Giant (4:25)
Written in honor of
the famous European-born wrestler of the same
name, this song has quick tempos and Latin
and Jazz sections. |
based on the famous song "Cute"
and spotlights the drummer.
in Wonderland (5:37)
Mike was pleased when
Adam Compeau gave him this original to arrange,
which Compeau wrote for his nephew Alex.
This version features the Metro Phoenix
Jazz Orchestra, with Mike on piano.
Inspired by a lovely
spot on the Pacific ocean, Mike wrote this
combo piece. It features Mike on acoustic
piano, Kevin Blatchford on soprano sax,
Bill Hewes on bass and Andre Burbridge on
The chords which open
this song are literally E, D, B, B. Mike
wrote the piece to showcase the Extreme
Decible Big Band, and he is playing electric
piano on this recording.
This big band piece
is in 5/4 time and is really just a Blues
song. This features the Extreme Decible
Big Band, with Mike on piano.
Mike arranged this
original piece for the Grand Canyon University
Large Jazz Combo, and this cut was recorded
live at Patriot's Park.
Mike wrote this for
his wife; he plays all instruments here.
Sat a Day (7:38)
A feature song for
the Metro Phoenix Jazz Orchestra, this Jazz
waltz was inspired by Vince Guaraldi.
Swinging Chandelier (11:03)
Mike plays acoustic
piano and Lew Saul electric piano on this
Atmosphere piece recorded in 1979. Mike
tried to convey with the music the feel
of the song's title.
for My Dad (9:47)
A recent composition,
this piece features the Glendale Community
College Big Band and was performed live
in concert in 2005. Mike wrote it in memory
of his father, Herb Shellans, who passed
away in August of 2003. |