The MAXX review…February 4, 2017….

THE MAXX

FUNK BOX

CADABRA RECORDS  CDB 19763

EMERGENCY–I CAN’T DENY I KNOW–ROCK WITH YOU–MEANT TO BE–LOVE IS GONNA GET YOU

The MAXX got their start in Hot “Lanta back in 1980.  They don’t just play good ol’ soul music—they LIVE it!  In the traditions of groups they grew up listening to, these folks bring it old-school, just like Kool and the Gang, The Commodores, Ohio Players, and Graham Central Station used to do it.  Founding members Rod Whittaker on bass and keys, Roc Lovelace on sax, and Steven Rollins on guitar, are now joined by Dwight Smith on drums,  two additional horn men–Andre’ Bernard and Menes Ray–and fiery lady of soul Rainy Middleton, making this seven-piece combo one that really plays this music the way it was meant to be played!

Their latest set is a six-song EP, “Funk Box,” originals that show where this band’s heart is.  Most of the cuts were crafted by the set’s producer, John Bigham, perhaps better-known in the blues community as The Soul Of John Black.  John was a member of Fishbone and a percussionist for Miles Davis, and duets with Rainy on two cuts–the  bouncy, breezy ode to “giving new love a try,” entitled “Rock With You,” and the set-closing cut that dancers won’t be able to resist, “Love Is Gonna Get You!”

The MAXX makes music the way they want to do it, always keeping their creative fires at “MAXX heat!”  They’ve got over three decades of experience, and continue to live out their dreams as high-school students practicing in basements and band rooms.  The results are in–you don’t need any instructions to dance, and “Funk Box” will sho’ nuff get you to steppin’!!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

 

 

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