1. Just a Blues
2. One for the Parking Fairy
3. Spring is Not Here
4. A Simple Thank You
6. Apple Flambe
7. I Thought You Loved Me
8. Live Your Life
9. Sandan Shuffle
Virginia Mayhew – Tenor sax, soprano sax
Harvie S – Bass
Victor Jones – Drums
Kenny Wessel – Guitar
Noah Bless – Trombone
Scott Harrell – Trumpet, flugelhorn
Lisa Parrott – Alto sax, baritone sax
Mayra Casales – Percussion
Ingrid Jenson – Trumpet
Before hearing this record
I was unaware of the music of Virginia Mayhew.
I did not know what I was missing. Not only
is she a very fine saxophone player judged
by any standards, but she is an excellent
composer and arranger. For this record she
has put together an interesting band of exciting
The rhythm section with the
guitar of Kenny Wessel at its heart is outstanding,
surefooted and providing an ideal support
to the soloists.
The first track starts with
two excellent solos, the first by Lisa Parrott
on alto and the second by the leader on tenor.
They are followed by the superb guitar work
of Kenny Wessell; this guy is really something
whether soloing or comping behind the other
soloists. There is also some excellent trumpet
from Scott Harrell on this track.
Track 2, an original composition
from the leader, features trombonist Noah
Bless as well as the leader, who is particularly
convincing throughout the album..
Bassist Harvie S wrote the
title tune of the album, a nice gentle piece
which features Virginia Mayhew soloing with
great poise and inventiveness and one of the
guests Ingrid Jenson on trumpet who is also
a very capable soloist.
The one standard is
Monk’s Rhythm-A-Ning, but to add a
little spice Virginia does it in 7/8 time,
this does not seem to cause anybody in this
band problems, in fact the casual listener
might not even notice it!
Virginia’s tune Apple
Flambe is a real tour de force, a great
tune with excellent solos from all concerned.
I Thought You Loved Me is another of
the leader's tunes and this starts as a haunting
ballad, before moving into ¾ tempo. Live
Your Life is a bossa and a very pleasant
melody, excellently arranged for the septet.
Sandan Shuffle is in 7/4 time and another
good tune which features most of the septet
This album is not to be confused
with the average: this is a good band with
confident and interesting soloists. I recommend
it without reservation.