William Maxwell

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William Maxwell probably is best known as the former bassist for Tempest. This CD shows that he has a wide range of musical tastes and interests of his own. There is a great diversity in terms of styles covered on the release. One track might come across as pure progressive rock, while the next one might be classical or even country (there is even a brief segment of "Dixie" presented). Indeed, Maxwell touches on these sounds and more, including fusion. Michael Manring and others join him on the CD. Progressive rock influences that pop up here include Genesis, Rush, Bruford Levin Upper Extremities, and Tony Levin solo. He even tackles Scarlatti's Sonata in D, performing it in a traditional manner. Many bassists have trouble creating an interesting solo album. That doesn't seem to be a problem for Maxwell.