In a fruitful, celebrated and much-honored career (hecounts 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.

Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

“…I was now helpless, hooked. Blues in other Colors, as I listened, was becoming one of those rare beasts tried out in the 70s by Emil Richards and others, but becoming sooooo much more masterful now… In short, Blues in other Colors is a horse of a different palette, a rainbow erupting right in front of my face,dazzling 'one and all with an exotic range of hues that can't help but mesmerize.”  
By Mark Tucker, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

Blues In Britain

“David Maxwell is one of the premier blues pianists ofhis generation, and on this release he follows musicalgiants 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 Spain….“Just The Blues” is exactly that as Maxwell demonstrates just why he is held in such high respect”
By Mick Rainsford, BLUES IN BRITAIN

“The journey David Maxwell takes us on is a bluesy, South Asian, Mid-East destination, and it is an exhilarating listening experience… there may be no tighter keyboard player than the incredibly versatile David Maxwell. He plays with an intensity that is onlymatched by the featured musicians who surround him on this album’s iridescent shades of the blues.” By Greg Victor,

Exclaim Magazine

“On this eclectic and fascinating disc, he fuses blues and world music styles in convincing fashion... 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.”
By Kerry Doole, Exclaim Magazine