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by The Maxx

Authentic Horn Driven Funk
Genre: Urban/R&B: Deep Funk
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2. I Can't Deny
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3. I Know
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4. Rock with You
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5. Meant to Be
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Album Notes
The Maxx doesn’t study soul music, they live it. Since their Atlanta beginnings in 1980, founding members Rod
Whittaker (bass/keyboards/vocals), Leroy “Roc” Lovelace (sax/vocals), and Steven Rollins (guitar) embarked on a journey of incorporating the high energy choreography and musical precision of the soul and funk legends who raised them.
Since then, The Maxx picked up fiery vocalist Rainy Middleton along with Dwight Smith (drums), Andre Bernard (trombone/keyboards/vocals) and Menes Ray (trumpet/vocals).
The group honed their live stage presence while performing over 125 days out of the year with personalized set lists for
nightclubs, corporate events, and festivals. All of this culminated with their latest six song EP that brings the stage to the studio.

“It was the next evolution. We always tried throughout the span of our career to reinvent ourselves and do something different and we reached the pinnacle with what we’re doing now,” says Whittaker. The Maxx’s
reinvention into an independent recording band is the group’s way of taking ownership of their music at a time when many labels discourage creativity. Instead, The Maxx prefers to make music from scratch and remain true to their origins. “When you see the band live, it’s almost like somebody took you back to the 70's, and
you’re sitting in Madison Square Garden watching The Commodores, Ohio Players, or someone like that,” says Lovelace. “It’s not only the songs, but the way they perform the songs. The demeanor of those types of bands is what we bring".

The band’s live music experience can be seen throughout their EP. Their opening song, “Emergency,” is a
breezy track about wanting more quality time. “Emergency” features Middleton's warm vocals and a refreshing
horn solo. “It has that Burt Bacharach, that late 60’s vibe. I'm kind of drawn to that one,” says Whittaker. Another band
favorite is “I Can’t Deny.” Rhythmic guitars and another Maxx staple serve as the soundtrack to Middleton’s
raspy tinged vocals. “At the end the horns get a chance to cut loose,” says Lovelace. “The horns are bringing the funk.”

In the making of their EP, The Maxx employed a member of their extended family in The Soul of John Black. The former Fishbone member and Miles Davis percussionist was behind most of the EP’s writing and
production. “We have a personal relationship with him for years, he used to be a part of the band. It only made
sense to have him on board as a principal writer and producer,” says Whittaker. The Soul of John Black also adds vocals on the bluesy “Love Is Gonna Get Ya” and the bouncy, funk track, “Rock With You.”

Shown on their EP and almost four decades as a band, The Maxx has never strayed from the dreams they had as high schoolers perfecting their craft in garages and band rooms. “Ironically, we’re doing what we've always done, but because the trends change, now what we’re doing is new,” says Whittaker. “We're bringing back that classic soul/funk, which is perfect for us. We didn’t have to study it, we could basically do what’s in our hearts.”



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