Airy, open piano chords, brushed drums and organ accents usher in John Maxfield's latest record with the cocktail-jazz instrumental "Theme to Hullabalooga," a sly hint that the album may be more ambitious than most of its rock/pop contemporaries. In a way, it is different; the album relies more on the soft edges of piano jazz. And as it does on Joe Jackson's Night & Day, this trope pairs nicely with classic pop songcraft - but only when Maxfield lets pop structures trump the jazz flourishes.Read the rest here. Maxfield and his band are performing tomorrow night, January 31, at Cruisin' Rte. 66 (7895 Watson Road), along with Radio Radio and Chapters.
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