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|The Gabe Dixon Band||Primary Artist|
|Gabe Dixon||Indexed Contributor, Synthesizer, Piano, Accordion, Harmonium, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Background Vocals, Clavinet, Mellotron, Wurlitzer, Mini Moog, Plucked Piano, Prepared Piano, Piano (Upright), Group Member|
|Neal Cappellino||Chimes, Mellotron|
|Shane Theriot||Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar|
|Jason Eskridge||Background Vocals|
|Jano Rix||Percussion, Drums, Glockenspiel, Background Vocals, Wurlitzer, Mini Moog, Group Member|
|Mindy Smith||Vocals, Guest Appearance|
|Neal Cappellino||Producer, Engineer|
|John Mark Painter||String Arrangements|
|Todd Gallopo||Art Direction|
|The Gabe Dixon Band||Producer|
|Sanwook "Sunny" Nam||Mastering|
Posted October 1, 2010
I love technology! I found this band because of my daughter's blackberry. While watching a movie with her, the opening song catch my attention. She was able to use a program to identify the performer. I found the song on iTunes, went to Barnes & Noble's website to verify they had it in stock and then picked it up.
Okay, so what's the big deal?! The Gabe Dixon Band is a breath of fresh air. An actual band. Not just a group of instrumentalists that do their job (bass lines, groove, sing). GDB has interplay and emotion in every track.
With hints of Jackson Browne, Gabe Dixon emotes on "Disappear" a thoughtful ballad that doesn't sound cliché. On "All Will Be Well", the ghost of a young Billy Joel shows up. A story song is rare in pop music (County has that domain nailed).
"Find My Way" is the track I heard while watching "The Proposal" with my daughter (Yes, I'm a good dad!). A driving tune with jackhammer piano riffs propelling the song forward. The next tune is practically like having church. "Till You're Gone", is a blues meets gospel, with a splash of rockabilly. It may be the most fun song on the CD, sure to make you smile and live out your life full blast till you're gone.
"Far From Home", keeps you engaged throughout. The melody explores the entire vocal range of Gabe Dixon's fluid tone. "And The World Turned", is even more Billy Joelesque. Not just the vocals and melody but the piano accompaniment that can stand on its own.
Gabe's songwriting really sparkles on "Baby Doll". From the melody to the piano to the phrasing, this is popular music craftsmanship at its best. "Sirens" is a hypnotic tune with riffs that harkens back to old Bruce Hornsby.
Most piano-led bands fall into a rut where the colors of the other instruments are like bland wallpaper. The musicians in the group compliment and season the songs to perfection. This is not your radio friendly, made for top-40 disc. These are heartfelt and well crafted pieces that keep you involved and interested. I cannot recommend this CD enough.
Posted January 2, 2009
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