Shawn Maxwell (alto sax, flute) began his recording career in 2004 and since that time has fronted a variety of formats from large to small groups. For this disc, it's basically a quintet with rotating trumpeters: Victor Garcia, Chad McCullough, and Corey Wilkes. The other players are Matt Nelson (keys), Junius Paul (bass) and Phil Beale (drums). On this date, he has sought a balance between strict composition and improvisation, the goal being to create subtle melodies in the midst of complex time signatures. The result is fresh. Maxwell composed all fourteen numbers and the band performance is tight throughout.