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Gabe Dixon Band
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
The Nashville Tennessean proclaims that Gabe Dixon is "a classic pop songwriter who deserves to join the ranks of Jackson Browne and early Elton John in the pop pantheon." Known for their stunning live shows, Dixon along w... more »
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The Nashville Tennessean proclaims that Gabe Dixon is "a classic pop songwriter who deserves to join the ranks of Jackson Browne and early Elton John in the pop pantheon." Known for their stunning live shows, Dixon along with his bandmates Winston Harrison (bass) and Jano Rix (drums) create a combustible sound that combines pure pop elements with the energy of rock and the sex of soul. Dixon's songs have been highlighted in both major network television shows and feature films. The Gabe Dixon Band's Fantasy Records release features Dixon originals and songs he co-wrote with no less than three Grammy Award winning writers for "Song of the Year." Dixon is also fast becoming recognized as the young "up & coming" pianist of choice, having shared the stage with artists as varied as Paul McCartney, Alison Krauss, Stevie Wonder, and O.A.R.
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Fine 1970s-inflected piano singer-songwriter pop
hyperbolium | Earth, USA | 08/27/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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."
Though Dixon's vocals provide a line of continuity from the band's earlier works, their new-found focus on concise songwriting and arranging provides a powerful multiplier to their performing. Dixon's voice fits beautifully into the songs, his piano playing is stirring on both the upbeat numbers and ballads, and the rhythm section provides fitting accompaniment rather than demonstrating their chops. The result is lively and engaging on both an intellectual and emotional level and a big step forward for this fine trio. [©2008 hyperbolium dot com]"
Fantastic, fun-to-listen-to music
reader | AL United States | 09/06/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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!
Can't stop listening
C. W. Kistler | Philadelphia, PA USA | 10/15/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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."