David Maxwell | Maximum Blues Piano

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Maximum Blues Piano

by David Maxwell

for virtuosity, it's david maxwell's maximum blues piano (*****) no vocals (actually just one)--just 10 fingers singing their way through jump, boogie, new orleans,funky,chicago and plain old badass blues"---pulse, 1997
Genre: Blues: Chicago Style
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1. Blues Don't Bother Me
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2. Breakdown on the Bayou
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3. After Hours
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4. Sister Laura Lee
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5. Down at P.J.'s Place
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6. Honky Tonk Train
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7. Heart Attack
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8. Deep Into It
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9. Walk the Walk
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10. Manhattan Max (Boppin' wit da Chippies)
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11. Take Me On Home
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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David Maxwell has amassed an enormous resume throughout the years playing piano with some of the greatest and most well-known musicians in the blues--- Freddie King, Bonnie Raitt, John Lee Hooker, James Cotton, Otis Rush, Jimmy Rogers, Hubert Sumlim, Muddy Waters, Ronnie Earl and many more. David's style encompasses elements of the blues and jazz, 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, fans and critics (a Grammy with James Cotton, multiple Grammy and WC Handy nominations for work with other artists and several WC Handy performance nominations) and has established a reputation as one of the finest blues pianists on the scene today. Please check out www.davidmaxwell.com.


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joel cohn


fantastic album, as a ex recording engineer(cti records and electric lady studios), all i can say is that it sounded like it must of been a real pleasure to record this project, and i might add, that i wish i had been the engineer.. bravo fortissimo..

Mark Hurwitz

Blues piano at its best
I'm a "weekend warrior" blues pianist, someone who loves to play but has never attained true professional status. So for me, listening to David Maxwell play piano on this CD is like being a schoolyard basketball player watching Michael Jordan do a 360 degree slam dunk. What I hear in my head he makes real on the keys. Maximum Blues Piano shows great technique backed up by heart and soul and an encyclopedic knowledge and love of blues piano history. David Maxwell has played with many of the Chicago blues greats of the past couple of decades, an influence that shines throughout this CD. But he can also go further back into the history of the music and draw inspiration from boogie woogie legends Meade Lux Lewis and Jimmy Yancey on the rollicking "Honky Tonk Train," or conjure up memories of New Orleans piano greats like Professor Longhair and James Booker on the funky "Breakdown on the Bayou." "After Hours" and "Manhattan Max" show an appreciation of the jazzier side of the blues heritage, while "Sister Lee" and "Take Me On Home" have a smokey, soulful feel. The support from the rhythm section is solid, and Ronnie Earl and Duke Levine contribute some tasteful guitar lines, but there is no doubt that this is David Maxwell's show and he makes the most of it, swinging hard on every track. Mr. Maxwell is both an outstanding advocate of the tradition of legendary blues piano players like Otis Spann, Pinetop Perkins and Big Maceo and a vital and original artist in his own right. While many contemporary blues albums rely heavily on covers, here Mr. Maxwell exercises his compositional chops and gives us 9 out of 11 original tunes. And these are "originals" in the true sense of the word, not just recylced hooks with new titles.

Anyone who loves the blues, especially as pounded out on the 88s, should not hesitate to add Maximum Blues Piano to their CD collection.