If Lisa Maxwell’s name means nothing to you, perhaps Lew Soloff’s might. The veteran trumpeter had long championed Maxwell’s work as an arranger, and urged her to make an album of her own; his fatal heart attack in 2015 made her realize that she shouldn’t wait. And so, Shiny!
Maxwell’s isn’t a working band, so the Shiny! sessions relied on first-call New York horn players, many of them, like Soloff, veterans of the Gil Evans Orchestra. Trumpeter Randy Brecker is the biggest name of the bunch, and there’s also Soloff’s old Blood, Sweat & Tears comrade Lou Marini in the sax section. But it’s the rhythm section that shines brightest, what with Will Lee on bass, Paul Shaffer on keys, and a guitar rotisserie that includes Mike Stern, Oz Noy, and Leni Stern.