Bobby Watson, (b. Aug. 23, 1953, Lawrence, KS.) came from a musical family, and by the time he was 18, came to New York, where he joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. With a line up that included Valery Ponamarev, David Schnitter, James Williams and other outstanding musicians, Watson soon became musical director of the Messengers. The band eventually came to include Wynton Marsalis, Billy Pierce and Charles Fambrough, among others. Watson wrote Ms. B.C. (for the legendary Betty Carter) and In Case You Missed It (also called Fuller Love, in honor of the trombone player, Curtis Fuller) both songs appearing on one of Blakey's greatest albums, Album of the Year (1980). Also wrote Hawkman, E.T.A., Wheel Within a Wheel and many other songs while part of Blakey's group. Bobby soon started putting out albums on his own, including Jewel (1983), recorded with a young Mulgrew Miller, Steve Nelson on vibes, and Marvin Smitty Smith. He also recorded a record with an Italian trio, entitled Appointment in Milano (1985). This is a rare album, and will likely sound like a period piece to some listeners, but is an excellent example of Watson's exuberant energy and style. A prolific recorder, Watson's efforts are far too numerous to mention here. Some of those albums, would however, include No Question About It (1988), the first album Watson recorded with the band Horizon. The Inventor followed a year later, and includes some of the dreamiest and most romantic composing Watson has done. Wa...
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