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Josh Maxey: Completing The Cycle

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In the midst of the numerous sounds any jazz listener can be exposed to, it's hard for a performer to distinguish themselves from the crowd. Guitarist Josh Maxey ,in an undoubtable effort of seeking original sounds, has taken up that challenge since 2011 and composed ten albums. The ninth in this series, Completing the Cycle, sounds like a quest coming to a close. The sounds are profound enough to give food for thought. Their complexity lies in their agreeable touch and mood of reverie. Maxey creates melodies and themes that seemingly revolve around sensations from a journey he ...

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Take Five With Josh Maxey

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Meet Josh Maxey: Making a series of six albums in twelve months. Doing it without Impulse!, Blue Note, Verve, money or without playing the Village Vanguard. Eating a lot of pizza. One through five-and-a-half available: Incarnate, Approach, The Language of Sound and Spirit, Argument for the Blues, Light Cycles and Blues in the Kitchen EP.Instrument(s): Guitar.Teachers and/or influences? Rodney Jones, John Coltrane, Nathan Page, Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin, Grant Green, Rob Thomas, Matchbox Twenty, McCoy Tyner, Doug Carn and Robert Johnson.I knew I wanted to be a musician ...

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Josh Maxey: The Language of Sound and Spirit

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Josh MaxeyThe Language of Sound and SpiritSelf Produced2012Sometimes it's all about setting the tone.If done right, if the musician finds a way to indelibly stamp the album's vision in those brief opening moments, no matter what comes after, those notes are imprinted on the listener's ears. And if the music varies from opening note to last, the juxtaposition of the memory of the introductory sound and that which follows, potentially creates a complex sonic palate that makes for the most fascinating music.Guitarist Josh Maxey does just that. If ...



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