Things yet unknown is the debut album from Michigan native trombonist Shawn Bell. Shawn is a young musician who studied at Michigan University and Northern Illinois University. All the music on Things yet unknown are Shawn Bell originals except You stepped out of a dream and In the wee small hours.
The trombone is a difficult instrument to play, and to play trombone in a Jazz band, even harder. The fact that there is not as many famous jazz trombonists, even though the trombone has been part of Jazz since the beginning, proves how hard is to master this instrument. To find a young trombonist like Shawn with this level of command and virtuosity is amazing.
Shawn has a magnificent tone, flawless technique and like any good trombonist, he is a master of glissando, the use of the slide to glide from one note to another. He is also a good improviser and his music has a lot swing. Shawn on trombone and Quentin on trumpet has the responsabilities of most of the improvisations with a fabulous rhythm section of Ross Margitaz on piano, Nathan Brown on bass and Samuel Jewel on drums.
The album has a great balance between swingin tunes, like "Things yet unknown" and others more in the tradition of cool jazz like "You stepped out of a dream" and "When I cry". At times similar to Miles Davis music on the album The Birth of Cool.