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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Josh Maxey: Celebration of Soul

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Celebration of Soul is the tenth and final album in a series of recordings made in just three years by guitarist/composer Josh Maxey. Such a uniquely prolific output did not happen by accident. Maxey says “The key to the series has been having a goal beyond what I would have considered reasonable." The series is a creative declaration from a musician who considers himself an improviser, composer and bandleader in equal parts. It documents 50 original compositions with 20 musicians. ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...


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