COMPOSER ARRANGER ORCHESTRATOR
"Hands down, this is the big band set of the year."
– Midwest Record
Check out one of the singles featuring Mike Stern:
"This music is fantastic!" -- Paul Shaffer
"Lisa Maxwell is going to surprise a lot of people with her music! I’m thrilled to be a part!" -- Will Lee
Lisa Maxwell’s highly-anticipated big band album is almost ready!Featuring trumpeter Randy Brecker, the album boasts an all-star lineup of New York legends, and is dedicated to trumpeter Lew Soloff.
Scroll down to see a list of the band members and the story
“Shiny” is a new big band album of fresh, swingin', funky arrangements by me (Lisa Maxwell), with compositions by Lisa Maxwell, Wayne Shorter, Hiram Bullock, John Carisi and Carl Fischer. The band features Randy Brecker, and is dedicated to the late, great trumpet player, Lew Soloff.
Over the years, I have written many arrangements for other people, I have played saxophone with Guns 'n' Roses and Spinal Tap, and have orchestrated music for Warner Bros., but I have never put out an album of my own material.
Lew Soloff was a world class trumpeter and a dear friend. He was a champion of my writing and arranging, and used to say, "Just GET YOUR STUFF OUT THERE, Lisa!" We had planned to make an album together but never did. When he left us suddenly in 2015, I realized the time is now. I called all the people on the list of my dream band, New York's top players, many of whom are also members of the Gil Evans Orchestra, and all of whom have a connection to Lew. It’s like a jazz family.
Initially, my goal was to make this album so that we could play at clubs and jazz festivals, but as the project has unfolded, it has exceeded my hopes in so many ways. The sense of community between the musicians involved reflects decades of playing together. It has really come through as a driving force, reflected in the wonderful recording experience, and the feedback I’ve received from the players… “This is why I became a musician!” and “Lisa, please write more music like this!” It brings me to tears. And the outpouring of support we’re seeing from the larger community has been incredible.
Hearing my music being performed by these musicians is a dream come true. I'm proud to call them my friends and colleagues.
Trumpets: Randy Brecker, Tony Kadleck, Chris Rogers, Wayne du Maine, Bryan Davis
Woodwinds: Lawrence Feldman, Alex Foster, Lou Marini, Ada Rovatti, Dave Mann, Roger Rosenberg, Claire Daly
Trombones: Tom "Bones" Malone, Dan Levine, Mike Davis, Dave Taylor
French Horn: John Clark
Keyboards: Paul Shaffer, Pete Levin, David Delhomme
Piano: Carmen Staaf, Andy Ezrin
Bass: Will Lee, Mark Egan, Dave Finck
Guitar: Mike Stern, Oz Noy, Leni Stern, Smokey Hormel
Drums: Danny Gottlieb, Steven Wolf, Ben Perowsky
Percussion: Will Lee, Daniel Sadownick
VOCALS: Kenya Hathaway, Will Lee
Vibraphone: Beth Gottlieb
Special Guest: Mocean Worker (bonus track remix)
Produced, Conducted, and Contracted by Lisa Maxwell
All Arrangements by Lisa Maxwell
Compositions by: Lisa Maxwell, Wayne Shorter, Hiram Bullock, John Carisi, and Carl Fischer
Recording Engineer: Noah Evans Recorded at Sear Sound NYC 2018
Mixing Engineer: Paul Wickliffe
HERE ARE A FEW SHOTS FROM THE ALBUM RELEASE PARTY AND THE RECORDING SESSION: