latest release Neal Richardson -
The Maximalist is a musical journey of life and love. The story
is told through Neal's deft melding of jazz classics, with his skillful
interpretations, and five original tracks. A star-studded band with each lending their
unique talent and perception to the tracks resulting in a must have release.
Neal's vocal prowess and piano playing has never been better, I am now looking
forward to his next release.
Neal Richardson - The Maximalist
The Maximalist: The
Maximalist, Come Rain Or Come Shine, The Cold Sea, No Better Blues, This
Masquerade, Opium, Help Me Make It Through The Night, Comes Love, Down &
Dirty, Sussed, You Are My Sunshine, Jim Jam Blues, One For My Baby, The Gace
(When Will It End?)
Personnel: Neal Richardson: Grand Piano, Vocals,
Handclaps, Tambourine, Vibraphone, 19th Century Harmonium; Jo
Fooks: Tenor Saxophone, Backing Vocals; Sue Richardson: Trumpet,
Flugelhorn, Backing Vocals, Handclaps; Mark Bassey: Trombone, Backing
Vocals; Miles Danso: Double Bass; Luke Rattenbury: Guitar; Alex
Eberhard: Drums; Andy Drudy: Guitar seagulls; OGCR: Handclaps
Neal Richardson -
The Maximalist was
produced by award-winning Producer Neal Richardson and released
on the Splash Point Music label.
Neal has produced over 20 albums, which resulted in 3 BBC Jazz Awards, and he
runs the popular Splash Point Jazz Club nights (@splashpointjaxzz).
As Neal states, "The
Maximalist is an album about false riches, belief, folly, greed, love,
connection and hope." In the hands of a master pianist, singer, and
songwriter, the release lives up to its stated intentions. The 13-track release
contains 5 original tracks by Neal, which are blended seamlessly to tell the
story through extraordinary musicianship by a star-studded band.
The release opens
with the title track, The Maximalist, and Neal sets the tone with his
finger work and vocals as he calls out, "You may think you want those yachts
and planes...But the truth of life is nothing to do with that..." The tone and
tenor of each instrument is in harmony with the vocals and carries the message
He transitions to
the classic, Come Rain Or Shine, which tells the tale of love regardless
of money or the weather, "I'm with you rain or shine..." The keyboard work
is fantastic as he changes the pace and tempo to complement his vocals and "message."
Next up is the
original track, The Cold Sea, a poignant track that speaks of, "Surrender
to, her slow caress...I don't cross the line..." In the end, love endures. The
release moves to an instrumental, No Better Blues, which allows the band
to stretch their "legs" and show their musicianship while maintaining the feeling
of the "message."
Another classic, The
Masquerade, is next on the play list that finds us searching for love and a
connection. Neal's interpretation of the jazz classic is a perfect complement
to the "story" and the music is sensational. Another outstanding Neal original,
Opium, lays the next chapter in the story as Neal sings, "No-one's
got the answer, No-one's got the truth.... But if you love, there's risk; If no
risk, no love..." The track opens with the distinct haunting sound of the
19th Century Harmonium, which sets a somber mode before the track
opens up and lets the jazz beat take over.
The release continues
to meld classics along with Neal's original tracks in a specific order to carry
the story. He moves through the classics, using their distinct lyrics, Help
Me Make It Through The Night, and Comes Love, to his original track Down
& Dirty, Sussed, which is a rousing track that talks of, "...only get down
and dirty with you." Other classics that Neal utilizes his singing /
songwriting and production interpretation skills on to carry the story are, You
Are My Sunshine, Jim Jam Blues and One For My Baby. He closes the
release with the original track, The Cage (When Will It End?), a song
that begs the question, as we deal with the craziness in the world, "...When Will
It End?" The Cage is a fitting end to the musical journey that The
Maximalist took us on.
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