Shelton's most recent release was actually recorded in 1994, and teams Shelton with veteran bassist Ron Carter, who brought his own quartet to the session and also acted as producer. The selection of the material was entirely Shelton's however, and he has selected a varied program with two standards, I'll Remember April and Tadd Dameron's The Scene is Clean, and the rest his own compositions, each of which has a distinctly different feel, from Afro-pop, Biko and Mandela, and Reggae, In an Island Way, to funk, Keep Hope Alive--played on bass flute-- blues, Blue Chip--a flute/bass duet--and a ballad, Surrender. As a climax, Shelton has produced a multi-tracked version of Chopin's Valse Opus 18 featuring unaccompanied C, alto, and bass flutes, reminiscent of Paul Horn's Music recording from the 1980s.
The variety and quality of the material maintains interest throughout the program, and the rhythm section is top quality; Carter's bass lines catch the ear throughout and Scott contributes several tasteful solos. As for Shelton himself, he lists his influences as Hubert Laws, Herbie Mann and Yusef Lateef, without sounding like any of them. He does not have Hubert's technique, but who does? Like Mann and Lateef, on the other hand, he has learned to compensate for more limited technique, in his case with rhythmic interest, and the judicious use of the whole family of flutes. If you enjoy flute this is worth checking out.