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David Maxwell’s Maximum Blues w/guests Sugar Ray Norcia & Monster Mike Welch, Chase Garrett opens
David Maxwell’s Maximum Blues, with Sugar Ray Norcia, Monster Mike Welch, Marty Ballou, Per Hanson, and David Maxwell; Chase Garrett opens. Saturday, May 31, 2014 at the Regattabar, Cambridge, MA. www.regattabarjazz.com
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. www.davidmaxwell.com
Maxwell took part in James Cotton's 1997 Grammy winning album "Deep In The Blues" and also contributed a solo piano piece to a Fred MacDowell tribute album that was nominated for a Grammy. Maxwell has 14 WC Handy Blues Music Award nominations. His album, "You Got To Move", featuring the late Louisiana Red, won the 2011Acoustic Album of the Year BMA award, and in 2012, his CD "Conversations in Blue", a collaboration with one of Otis Spann's records, won the same award. His other nominations were for the "Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year". Maxwell has played with many of the greats including John Lee Hooker, Freddie King, Bonnie Raitt, James Cotton, Otis Rush, Hubert Sumlin, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Rodgers, Charley Musselwhite, Johnny Adams and Ronnie Earl; and gigs with Muddy Waters (replacing the ailing Otis Spann one night), The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Levon Helm, Jimmy Witherspoon, Lowell Fulsom, Junior Wells and many others. He has been involved in dozens of recording sessions and can be found playing keys on many blues albums that have been released over the last 40 years. Maxwell backed up Keith Richards and Eric Clapton for Hubert Sumlin's CD "About Them Shoes" released in 2005. His latest album "Blues In Other Colors" (Blue Duchess) features the mohan veena player, Harry Manx and other musicians blending in Indian, Moroccan, Turkish and African influences with the blues. The album received high critical acclaim.
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.
David Maxwell's special guests will be two time Grammy nominee Sugar Ray Norcia, of The Bluetones, who have multiple Blues Music Award nominations. Guesting with Sugar will be his bandmate, Monster Mike Welch and his blues drenched soulful guitar stylings. Chase Garrett will open the show. www.sugarrayandthebluetones.com, www.monstermikewelch.wordpress.com, www.chasegarrett.com
"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)