After 20+ years of writing song lyrics for jazz ballads in Europe, Robert Shure has now completed his new book, Blue. It has a similar kind of "tragic humor" found in his earlier works, but in a totally different form.
There are segments when the music and words mesh perfectly—most notably during "A Rare Adventure," which contains a marvelously descriptive chase through Boston's Gardner Museum. Shure's story is about art, love found and lost, the other-worldly aspects of creation, the clash of the artist's vision, and much more. Best listen to this late at night when your inhibitions are low and your imagination can roam. Smooth as a fine glass of sherry, Man With a Sax is a story worth hearing.
—Richard B. Kamins
(Cadence Jazz Records)
Two of his stage plays have been successfully produced by the Traverse Theatre at the Edinburgh International Festival. (Oh Gloria and Digby and Marie)
A series called “Five Minute Tragedies” was heard on over 100 National Public Radio Stations — several dozen over a year’s period. Accompanied by relevant music (synthesized by Andy Shapiro with sounds of various instruments), the tales involved any number of misfortunes…a once-shy woman, after an Assertiveness Training course, hijacking a ferry with her husband one of the passengers…an innocent young man becoming obsessed with the pure white six-inch Minoan Snake Goddess in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, until he encounters an employee there whom he believes is a human facsimile, her outrage his emotional undoing…etc. The first twelve tales comprised a Compact Disc made available to program hosts, many of the rest were on cassettes.