Tom Maxwell | Samsara

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by Tom Maxwell

Squirrel Nut Zipper hit writer makes post-Swing diversity manifesto.
Genre: Pop: with Live-band Production
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1. Indicatif
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2. Sixes and Sevens To Me
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3. The Uptown Stomp
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4. Can't Sleep
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5. The Mooche
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6. If I Had You
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7. Caveat Emptor
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8. Some Born Singing
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9. Don't Give Me the Runaround
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10. Flame In My Heart
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11. Nobody Likes You
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12. Three Fires Blues
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13. Roll Them Bones
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14. You Always Get What's Coming
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15. Samsara
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Album Notes
Tom Maxwell fueled the Squirrel Nut Zippers' 90s success by penning their hit "Hell," as well as "Put A Lid On It." He quit the band in 1999 and subsequently released "Samsara." This cd shows Maxwell aggressively brush-clearing his new estate. Zippers pals Ken Mosher, Chris Phillips and Stu Cole appear on most of the tracks. Virtuoso Duke Heitger lent his trumpet chops, and Julius McKee from the Dirty Dozen Brass band dropped by to contribute Sousaphone. Holly Harding Baddour sings on a few songs; her voice is truly astounding.

"Samsara" is the only record you'll ever hear that features Swing, pipe organ blues, Chinese Opera, and a George Jones cover, and that's not the half of it!

Maxwell's songs have appeared in scores of movies and television shows, even a Tony-award winning play. "Hell" enjoys perennial success, a new version now being used as the main title for A&Es "Family Plots."


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Graham Hellewell

A nice collection of great songs from Maxwell.
I was thoroughly impressed with this CD from Tom Maxwell. The horns, vocals, guitar, and song composition continued to amaze me for each song. The guitar instrumental piece is what really did it for me, just gorgeous. Nice work! I would highly recommend this album.

John Salaway (Acoustic Revolution)

Excellent songwriting and musicianship as always
Tom Maxwell is a man of many sounds and styles and somehow he does them all so well. From the Zippers to his solo work, it is all great song craftmanship and musicianship.


What a treat! Timeless... Maxwell delivers once again.
Quirkey, fun, and a treat that the young and old can jam to.


Great album. If you don't own it, buy it!
Tom, please make more stuff!

Dean Browell

Maxwell's eclectic genius shines on solo release
Samsara hit the ground running when it initially debuted, erasing all doubt who the brains in Zippers had been and presenting an artful, eclectic set of songs that were not only innately listen-able and entertaining, but seemed to float in their own genre of timeless jazz and inventive arrangement.

I was fortunate enough to actually be at the release concert for this disc in Chapel Hill, NC and the subsequent performance only served to reinforce the talent of Maxwell as a songwriter and collaborator.

Music fans of all flavors would enjoy this disc from an artistic and entertainment perspective.