David Maxwell has amassed an enormous resume throughout the years
playing piano with some of the greatest and well- known musicians in the
blues. David plays many styles of blues, jazz and improvised music, but
he is best known for his soulful virtuosity and unmatched ability to
reach the heart of post-war Chicago Blues. Through his work, he has
gained the respect of artists, critics and fans and has established a
reputation as one of the finest blues pianists alive.
In the last decade , David has received over a half dozen WC Handy and
Grammy nominations and a Grammy Award for recorded work, as well as
Handy nominations for instrumental performance He has played with many
of the greats including tours with Freddie King, Bonnie Raitt, James
Cotton, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Hubert Sumlin, Jimmy Rodgers, Charley
Musselwhite, Johnny Adams and Ronnie Earl; and gigs with Muddy Waters,
John Lee Hooker, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Levon Helm, Jimmy
Witherspoon, Lowell Fulsom, Junior Wells and many others. He has been
involved in well over fifty recording sessions and can be found playing
keys on many blues albums that have been released over the last 25
years. (Recently, he backed up Keith Richards and Eric Clapton for a
Hubert Sumlin project that will be out laterin 2005).
David's music was used in the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes" and in the
TV series "Touched By An Angel". He has performed on "Late Night With
Conan O' Brien" and is on several videos playing with Freddie King in
the early 70's. (Rounder). David's first CD as a leader "Maximum Blues
Piano"(1997, Tonecool) received high critical acclaim. His new album, "Max
Attack" (2005 95North Records), features guests James Cotton, Kim Wilson,
Ronnie Earl, Duke Robillard, Hubert Sumlin and Pinetop Perkins .
David has performed in major festivals, theaters and clubs in North America, Europe, Scandinavia, Morocco, Israel, and Japan, and keeps busy today playing, recording, and teaching (and nurturing his interests in jazz, ethnic and improvised music).
"I don't think anybody could be tighter playing the blues on the piano than David Maxwell. He plays the blues like it should be played. He plays the low-down, dirty, funky blues.He's got it all together"
---John Lee Hooker
"Dave has always been one of the most amazing piano players I've ever heard. His command of a wide range of blues and jazz styles is remarkable.