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Rest in Peace David Maxwell

David Maxwell 1943-2015

David Maxwell of Concord, MA , 71, renowned and award winning pianist, composer and producer, died Friday, February 13, 2015. His family honored David's request for privacy during his 8-year valiant effort to battle advanced prostate cancer. David has been acknowledged as one of the finest blues pianists in his lifetime for the many different styles of blues, boogie-woogie, jazz, world and improvised music.

He played with some of the greatest and well-known musicians including Muddy Waters, Bonnie Raitt, Skip James, John Lee Hooker, James Cotton, Freddie King, Hubert Sumlin, Louisiana Red, and Levon Helm, to name just a few . He has received countless accolades from artists, critics, fans, the press and media.David has often been compared to Otis Spann, the great blues pianist for Muddy Waters, whom he first met in his hometown of Boston in the 1960's and who changed the course of his musical direction.

David's "Conversations in Blue: David Maxwell / Otis Spann" CD won the 2012 Acoustic Album of the Year Blues Music Award (BMA) from the Blues Foundation. His latest CD, ""Blues in Other Colors" received wide-spread acclaim for his fusing of traditional blues, using non-western instruments, with music from other countries. More details can be found on his website at

Prior to his passing, David was nominated for a 2015 Blues Music Award for
Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year.
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