The Gabe Dixon Band

August 26, 2008 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 26, 2008
  • Release Date: August 26, 2008
  • Label: Fantasy Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2008 Concord Music Group, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 45:07
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  • ASIN: B001EDH8Y8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,749 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on August 26, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Dixon has been compared to singer-songwriters Ben Folds, Billy Joel and Elton John, and though he's likewise a pianist, his songs are more often wistful in the vein of Jackson Brown or Paul Simon. There's a soulful grandeur to his playing and singing, with funky elements as on Elton John's albums from the first-half of the 1970s; he lopes along on the New Orleans-styled second-line rhythm of "Till You're Gone" and takes on gospel-influences for "Find My Way." Dixon's classical training and the group's improvisational background can be heard in the quality of the arrangements and the solidarity of the playing (mostly recorded live-in-the-studio), but having pared themselves to a trio, the songs are now carefully honed to three- and four-minute pop pieces that forsake the overt jazz influences heard on the group's 2002 release, "On a Rolling Ball."

Like the best piano-led bands, the absence of guitar here is hardly noticeable. Dixon's playing has such a rich sound, that backed by bass and drums, its many octaves and sympathetic overtones fill the sonic palette. Dixon's voice lies complementarily on the lower notes of his piano playing, and on mid-tempo numbers such as the imagery-driven "All Will Be Well," his voice rings with the purity of Paul Simon. Though you'd be hard-pressed to label this band as Americana, their Nashville residence (Dixon's hometown, to which he returned after several years in New York) lends these songs an earnestness that winningly supports lyrics of love that's alternately new, sustained, broken and longed for. Dixon's equally convincing singing the first-person story of a return home on "Five More Hours" as he is detailing another's nearly suicidal loss on "And the World Turned.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By reader on September 5, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I absolutely love this CD! I've been a fan of The Gabe Dixon Band for years and was excited to hear they had another album coming out, but this CD exceeded my expectations. As another reviewer noted, this CD is a little more pop than the band's earlier album--it lacks the long jazz improve-like sections featured on the earlier album, but it definitely avoids the generic radio-edit sound and showcases the band's style. At times soulful, upbeat, playful, and mellow, it's just plain fun to listen to. There's not a single song that I don't like. Highly, highly recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. W. Kistler on October 15, 2009
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I rarely write reviews but in this case I simply have to because I cannot recommend this CD highly enough. Like others here, I discovered The Gabe Dixon Band when Gabe and Jano Rix opened for Loggins and Messina here about a month ago. As extraordinary as the L&M performance was that night, one of the standout highlights was Gabe and Jano performing together. I bought this CD before I left and I've been listening to it nearly constantly ever since. Every song is a gem, ranging in mood from heartbreaking through reflective to bouncy and upbeat. There is gorgeous, versatile songwriting here, masterful playing, commanding vocals. And all ingeniously arranged - so simple yet so rich. I find myself replaying all of these songs in my head, every one is that good and that memorable. There's something here for everyone - in fact, my 12-year old son went to the concert with me and these guys were his favorite part of the concert. Buy this CD for yourself and then buy copies for all your friends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Angela Golebiewski on January 24, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is one of 'those' recording. The one that you turn on when you have others in your car. The songs you play when you have guests over for a party. The type of music you listen to when you need to feel grounded and real. A real treat for people who love to dream.
I highly recommend Gabe's music.
He reminds me a lot of an American Jamie Cullum with a bit of early Billy Joel thrown in...

I would also urge you to catch The Gabe Dixon Band live. What a great show! Lot's of positive vibes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bruce D. Davis on December 17, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I purchased this CD at a concert just after hearing the Gabe Dixon Band (actually the duo of Gabe Dixon and Jano Rix) perform as warm-up for Loggins & Messina in August of 2009. It is no small feat to engage a crowd waiting for a headlining act, especially when the warm-up is a newer artist playing to, shall we say, an older crowd. But the musicianship and song-writing of the Gabe Dixon Band won the crowd over. During his set, Gabe Dixon played about half of the tracks on this CD. And when he finished, I wasn't the only person lining up in the vendor area to buy the CD before Loggins & Messina took the stage (with Gabe Dixon, in fact, playing keyboards in their backing band.)

This was my introduction to The Gabe Dixon Band. He has put out other CDs previously, but I think this is his best effort yet - the music is more acoustical with a pure musical feel. The songs, whether written by Gabe Dixon alone or with someone else, all have a straightforward presentation with little studio gimmickry. Suffice to say that the songs he played in concert sound just as they do on this album.

All the songs are very listenable and a number of them are quite special. Two of those songs open this CD; "Disappear" which is followed by "Five More Hours", the opening number of the live set I saw (a great driving song about heading home from New York "to the place I know" - I think Gabe mentioned that it was North Carolina.)

"Further the Sky" is a slower duet with Mindy Smith which is also reprised in instrumental form as the last track of the album.

"All Will Be Well", Gabe explained was written at a low point and offers a comforting and reaffirming message that in fact, all WILL be well. It really has a Paul Simon feel to it.
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