David Maxell returns to the Regattabar with an all star Maximum Blues group who was featured this past July at the Ottawa Blues Festival. Darrell Nulisch from the James Cotton Band is the special guest vocalist for this engagement. Copies of Maxwell's brand new CD "Blues in Other Colors," released on Duke Robillard's new Blue Duchess label, will be available at the show.
“In a fruitful, celebrated and much-honored career (he counts a Grammy for 1996’s James Cotton album Deep In the Blue among his multiple blues-related awards) that dates on record all the way back to 1970, blues pianist David Maxwell has arguably hit his high note with his inspired new release, the all-instrumental Blues In Other Colors. With his latest effort, Maxwell is throwing down the gauntlet,
challenging other blues players to be similarly inventive in exploring the music’s deepest sources in the Old World. He’s doing it with all original songs blending aspects of traditional post-war urban blues with instruments and melodies found in the traditional music of other western and eastern cultures.”
(Review of Blues In Other Colors by David McGee at Deep Roots Magazine,
Further background information on David Maxwell:
2012 BMA winner of “Acoustic Album of the Year (for “Conversations in Blue”), David Maxwell has amassed an enormous resume throughout the years playing piano with some of the greatest and well- known musicians in the blues. Maxwell 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.
Maxwell took part in James Cotton's 1997 Grammy winning album "Deep In The Blues." He also has played on other albums nominated for Grammys, as well as many more that were nominated for WC Handy Blues Music Awards (13 nominations, 2 wins). Maxwell's album "You Got To Move," featuring Louisiana Red, won the 2010 Acoustic Album of the Year Blues Music Award. He has been nominated ten times for the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year Award. 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. Maxwell backed up Keith Richards and Eric Clapton for Hubert Sumlin's CD "About Them Shoes" released in 2005.
Maxwell is often compared to the great blues pianist Otis Spann (of the Muddy Waters band), for his ability to resurrect the spirit and sound of the master of post-war Chicago Blues Piano. But Maxwell is no mere imitation. He has created a style and sound uniquely his own. His diverse experience, technical virtuosity, sense of timing and rhythm, and ability to complement other band members has earned Maxwell a reputation as one of the finest blues pianists alive.
Maxwell’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). His first CD as a leader "Maximum Blues Piano" (1997, Tonecool) received high critical acclaim.
David Maxwell was featured on "On Point," hosted by Anthony Brooks. Give it a listen at www.onpoint.wbur.org/
"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)