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by Jack Bowers
Lisa Maxwell, whose album Shiny! marks the recorded debut of her New York City-based Jazz Orchestra, is a pretty good composer and a very good arranger, even though several of her charts lean toward funk / rock, admittedly an acquired taste. Once she veers away from those two-beat cadences, as on Ludie," The Craw," Hello, Wayne?" and John Carisi's Israel," Shiny! really starts to shine. What Maxwell needs more than anything is a designer who can make her album cover ...read more