Shining Stone Records is proud to have released the final CD by Grammy Award winning Blues pianist David Maxwell, entitled â€œBlues In Other Colors.â€ For the 13 all-instrumental tracks on “Blues in Other Colors”, David Maxwell blends traditional keyboards, guitars, bass and drums along with exotic instruments from India, West Africa, Morocco and Turkey for a delicious palette of sounds that transcend the traditional boundaries of the blues.
David’s Blues credentials are legendary:
“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,” said John Lee Hooker. “Dave has always been one of the most amazing piano players I’ve ever heard,” remarked Bonnie Raitt about his playing. “David Maxwell plays with fire and soul. He keeps the spirit of Otis Spann alive,” said James Cotton on their work together.
David came to Shining Stone Records on the heels of his Blues Music Award winning release in 2012 for “Acoustic Album of the Year,â€ entitled “Conversations in Blue,â€ which paired him with the great Otis Spann. He won that same award in 2010 for his duets album with the late Louisiana Red, “You Got to Move.â€ With an impressive resume of blues, jazz and improvisational styles, David amassed a large collection of awards, including a 1996 Grammy for his work on the James Cotton album, “Deep in the Blues.” Besides his 2012 and 2010 Blues Music Awards, David was nominated for 11 other awards from the Blues Foundation, and received two Boston Music Awards in his hometown.
David Maxwell played 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, having played in the touring bands of Freddie King, James Cotton, Jimmy Rogers, Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters, Bonnie Raitt, and Otis Rush. David backed up Keith Richards and Eric Clapton for Hubert Sumlin’s CD, “About Them Shoes,” released in 2005. His music was used in the movie â€œFried Green Tomatoesâ€ and in the TV series â€œTouched By An Angel.
“Blues in Other Colorsâ€ represents a snapshot of the melding of traditional blues with music from other countries to which I’ve been drawn,” says Maxwell. “There is a ‘blues’ sensibility in the vocal and instrumental folk and classical music from many places around the world. For instance, one can ‘feel the blues’ in some of the traditional music of Spain (flamenco), Northern and Western Africa, many countries in what is referred to as the Near and Middle East, as well as parts of Asia, India and Japan”.
This album came together when I approached Harry Manx from British Columbia about doing a project together. He was touring in the Northeastern US and we arranged for some studio time. Harry is a stellar singer and songwriter with award-winning CDs, who plays, among other instruments, the Mohan Veena, a kind of hybrid guitar/sitar. I fleshed out a few arrangementsand called up some friends who live in the Boston area, too.
We have an oud and raita player from Morocco (Boujmaa Razgui), a Turkish ney player (Fred Stubbs), a master percussionist of West African and Indian styles (Jerry Leake), an inventive blues guitarist who is a regular member of my blues band (Troy Gonyea), a drummer (Eric Rosenthal) and a bass player (Marty Ballou), with whom I’ve played many gigs from blues, jazz and beyond. Paul Kochanski (electric bass) and Andy Plaisted (additional percussion) completed the picture.
In “Blues in Other Colors”, David takes the Blues, and world music, to a whole new level.
“Blues in Other Colors”
“Most Unique & Beautiful CD of 2013 â€“ David Maxwell â€“ Blues In Other Colorsâ€¨David Maxwell is one of the best piano players around todayâ€¦ Iâ€™d call this David Maxwellâ€™s masterpiece but heâ€™ll probably make a liar of me with his next CD.”
“David Maxwell is one of the premier blues pianists of his generation, and on this release he follows musical giants like Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal in producing a set that effectively melds traditional blues with the roots music of India, Morocco, West Africa, Turkey and Spainâ€¦.”Just The Blues” is exactly that as Maxwell demonstrates just why he is held in such high respect.”
-Blues in Britain
“On this eclectic and fascinating disc, he fuses blues and world music styles in convincing fashion.â€¦All 13 instrumental numbers are original, proving that Maxwell is an imaginative composer as well. The absence of vocals allows the listener to create their own film to accompany these vivid soundscapes.”
“David Maxwell and this brilliant corps of World musicians have put a new spin on the blues with “Blues In Other Colorsâ€¦they bring the power of this music to life, taking the blues on a literal trip “around the world!… This one further solidifies David’s diversity and reputation as one of the finest blues pianists on the scene today.”
-Nashville Blues Society Blog