John Serry received a Grammy Nomination in 1979 for his arrangement of his composition, Sabotage," on his debut LP, Exhibition and he was the Grand Prize winner of the 1995 Jazziz magazine Keyboards on Fire competition (Dave Brubeck and Bob James judges.)
His 1980 LP, Jazziz received four stars in Downbeat magazine, was feature review of the month in Keyboard magazine and inspired the naming of Jazziz magazine. The Shift is his first album in 17 years, the previous one having been Enchantress (Telarc, 1996.) The Shift features eight John Serry originals with Serry on piano, Mark Mondesir on drums, David O'Higgins on tenor sax and soprano sax, and either Sam Burgess on acoustic bass or Mike Mondesir on electric bass. The album was recorded near London (in Luton) in 2006 and was mixed in 2012 in Bologna, Italy.