Virginia Mayhew A Simple Thank You

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CD Details

  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2008
  • Label: Renma Recordings

Entertainment Reviews:

Down Beat - p.80
3.5 stars out of 5 -- "It has a small big-band feel, a mainstream-with-a-twist sensibility, solid writing and inspired playing."
JazzTimes - p.100
"Mayhew's arrangements are so rich that her septet often creates a sound as full as a big band's. The rhythms are irrepressibly propulsive..."

Tracks:

  • Buy for $0.991.Just a Blues
  • Buy for $0.992.One for the Parking Fairy
  • Buy for $0.993.Spring Is Not Here
  • Buy for $0.994.Simple Thank You
  • Buy for $0.995.Rhythm-A-Ning
  • Buy for $0.996.Apple Flambé
  • Buy for $0.997.I Thought You Loved Me
  • Buy for $0.998.Live Your Life
  • 9.Sandan Shuffle

Product Description:

Personnel: Virginia Mayhew (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Kenny Wessel (guitar); Lisa Parrott (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Ingrid Jensen, Scott Harrell (trumpet, flugelhorn); Noah Bless (trombone); Virginia (soprano trombone, tenor trombone); Harvie S (bass guitar); Victor Jones (drums); Mayra Casales (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Randy Crafton.
Liner Note Author: Bob Bernotas.
Recording information: Kaleidoscope Sound, NJ (08/2007).
Author: Virginia Mayhew.
Arranger: Virginia Mayhew.
Virginia Mayhew's sixth recording as a leader is a triumph on several levels. She is playing her tenor and sometimes soprano saxophone as well as she ever has. Many of the compositions she performs with her septet have been reinvented from previously recorded efforts. The band mixes meters, tempos, and sonic deliverance at once direct and succinct. But more than that, Mayhew is a breast cancer survivor, and her hiatus away from music for recovery has energized her music to a higher level. Top-rank musicians like bassist Harvie Swartz, saxophonist Lisa Parrott, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, and percussionist Mayra Casales make many notable contributions. Lesser-knowns such as trumpeter Scott Harrell, trombonist Noah Bless, and guitarist Kenny Wessel more than uphold their end; in fact they may project more than the bigger stars. Drummer Victor Jones shines brightly above everyone, one of the true unsung heroes of rhythmic navigation, and the force that keeps this ensemble on its toes. The remakes in Mayhew's repertoire include the rockin' 7/4 blues "Sandan Song," featuring Parrott's baritone sax; the dour-titled but quickly waltzed "Spring Is Not Here" with Mayhew on soprano; the modal "Apple Flamb‚," where Bless sets a tone reminiscent of Curtis Fuller and Wessel digs in on clarion calls to hard bop; and the lightest of bossa refrains signifying the poignant "Live Your Life." Most arresting is Mayhew's remake of Thelonious Monk's "Rhythm-A-Ning," sporting a great funky 7/8 riff that springs forth fresh and alive via the unison horn lines. It's a showstopper. Mayhew's past and substantive work with the Diva big band is quite evident during the expansive "Just a Blues," an 11/8 workout that is more bluesy than straight blues, complex but fun, even a bit slick, and a showcase for Mayhew as well as Parrott's alto. But there's more when Casales adds Latin percussion to the hard-driven call-and-response horns on the giddy samba "One for the Parking Fairy" and "Live Your Life." As you listen, you realize there's a lot to love about life, as well as this offering from Mayhew, which must rank at the top of her discography, so far. ~ Michael G. Nastos

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