238

Shawn Maxwell: Originals

Dan McClenaghan By

Sign in to view read count
Shawn Maxwell: Originals Multiple-reedman Shawn Maxwell's debut is entitled Originals, since he penned all the tunes on the disc. He could just have well entitled it "original voice," given his edgy, high-energy, unique approach to jazz—not quite mainstream, not quite free, not quite like anyone else I hear out there these days. The closest comparison might be the late alto saxophonist Jackie McLean. Maxwell has a similarly strung-tight, tart, piercing voice on his saxophones, and his compositions—like McLean's—are full of sharp edges and odd angles, always feeling a little bit on the ominous side.

When he gets to track five, "Clayton's Carnival," the reedman breaks out the clarinet for a bright bouncing romp; and right after that, on "Glamasue," he brings his flute into play for a cool groove. Two tunes on Originals feature trombonist Johanna Malmud, and the combination of saxophone and 'bone meshes nicely. Malmud does a great laid back solo in front of a flexible rhythm team on "Iynes Crayons."

I hear some griping out there about the relative ease of self-publishing a CD these days, noise about too much chaff, not enough wheat. But Originals, all high-protein wheat, is a fine argument for the self-publishing route: Shawn Maxwell serves up his personal and fresh-sounding brand of jazz on his own dime.

Track Listing: Dangerous Curves; Iynes Crayons; Inside Back; The Sixth; Clayton's Carnival; Glamasue; No One Bossa; King Bill; Sister Red; Lunch-Box.

Personnel: Shawn Maxwell: alto and tenor saxophones, clarinet, flute; Johanna Malmud: trombone (2,7); Ryan Trommer: guitar (9); Jakub Rojek: piano; Mike Daly: bass; Glen Schneider: drums.

Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Self Produced | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Speechless CD/LP/Track Review Speechless
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 27, 2017
Read Holiday On Fire CD/LP/Track Review Holiday On Fire
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: April 27, 2017
Read Calvins Toboggan CD/LP/Track Review Calvins Toboggan
by Matthew Aquiline
Published: April 27, 2017
Read Silent Light CD/LP/Track Review Silent Light
by Mark Sullivan
Published: April 27, 2017
Read PausaLive CD/LP/Track Review PausaLive
by Patrick Keyes
Published: April 27, 2017
Read Adam's Apple CD/LP/Track Review Adam's Apple
by Greg Simmons
Published: April 26, 2017
Read "Music Box Music" CD/LP/Track Review Music Box Music
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 8, 2017
Read "Pastures" CD/LP/Track Review Pastures
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: October 26, 2016
Read "Born In An Urban Ruin" CD/LP/Track Review Born In An Urban Ruin
by John Sharpe
Published: January 24, 2017
Read "Fierce Silence" CD/LP/Track Review Fierce Silence
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 4, 2016
Read "AHEO" CD/LP/Track Review AHEO
by James Nadal
Published: May 23, 2016
Read "More Than This" CD/LP/Track Review More Than This
by Henning Bolte
Published: February 28, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM RECORDS | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!