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Shawn Maxwell

Shawn Maxwell's New Tomorrow

Shawn Maxwell

Label: OA2 Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 0805552213522
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Catalog number: OA2 22135
Releasedate: 11-11-16
"...potent, facile sax lines, which comfortably straddle old­school and contemporary jazz camps." - JAZZTIMES
Saxophonist Shawn Maxwell's musicianship has been lauded by fellow musicians and critics alike as he's become one the preeminent performers in Chicago jazz. With several recordings featuring his quartet or his sonically expanded "Alliance," Shawn Maxwell’s New Tomorrow adds the singular trumpet voices of three of Chicago’s finest ­ Victor Garcia, Chad McCullough, Corey Wilkes ­ to his working quartet for a set of 9 modern, electric originals with 5 short interludes. Focusing on composition as much as improvisation, the quintets reveal stunning melodies hidden within complex time signatures, textures and grooves.
Shawn Maxwell formed his style early on while growing up in the rich musical history of the Joliet, Illinois school music programs. He quickly became a celebrated performer in the Joliet Central High School band program, and further refined his art in a post­secondary setting, absorbing all that his instructors could teach – earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Millikin University in 1999. Shawn then signed with the legendary Conn­Selmer Company to join their Performance and Educational Artist Roster.

After starting his professional career touring internationally, across the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, Maxwell returned home to Chicago. His multi­instrumental talents have been lauded by fellow musicians and critics alike and Maxwell has become one the preeminent performers in the Chicago jazz landscape.

In late 2004, Maxwell took his group, The Shawn Maxwell Quartet, into the studio to record his debut release, “Originals”. The album showcased Maxwell’s composition, arranging, and production skills while also highlighting the impressive skills of his group. Brad Walseth, of jazzchicago.net wrote that the album “...is like a refreshing burst of fresh air through the jazz world that can often seem closed and stale.”

2008 brought the release of his second album, “Originals II,” consisting of twelve compositions that further highlight Shawn’s maturation as a musician and band leader. In 2010 Shawn recorded his first CD, "Maxwell’s House," for the Chicago Sessions Jazz Label. "Maxwell’s House" features his current quartet performing ten new originals. In addressing the album, Neil Tesser wrote, "His alto timbre sits in a lineage exemplified by past giants like Jackie McLean and Eric Dolphy, and by such latter­day players as Arthur Blythe and Steve Slagle."

2011 marked the release of his second album, “Urban Vigilante” on the Chicago Sessions record label. Heralded by Downbeat Magazine, this album raced up the charts while garnering critical praise. The Shawn Maxwell Quartet can be seen performing at clubs and festivals across the country.

Released Feb 18th 2014, the latest disc from Shawn Maxwell, "Shawn Maxwell’s Alliance", features an impressive ensemble. The group has developed an avid following among critics and fans. Howard Reich writes, “Maxwell's scores proved as unusual as his taste for instrumental color, the pieces shifting from jazz­swing rhythm one moment to classical downbeats the next, from bebop phraseology to long and incantatory phrases to perky, funk­tinged melody making...Nobody writes like this.”