Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Gabe Dixon Band 2008

Here's a nice record. The Gabe Dixon Band is a three-piece piano, bass, drums outfit that works wonders with that sometimes limited format. Dixon plays piano, writes and sings, and he has a good voice, and he can surely play piano. I learned about this band while watching the Sandra Bullock movie The Proposal, which features Find My Way, about the catchiest pop song on the record.

Take some Elton John(70s version), some Billy Joel, some Ben Folds Five(without the quirkiness and wisecracks), stir. And there you go. There are hints of Paul Simon, Sting, Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson, too. This Dixon guy can write a southern-California country-rock tune like nobody's business.

Disappear, Further The Sky, and Far From Home might all have hit potential, as well as the aforementioned Find My Way. Till You're Gone and Sirens are solid pop-rockers. A few of the ballads suffer from trite lyrics, but most of this CD is very good and also fun.

It's not the definition of the rock piano trio. That would be 11-17-70 by Elton John. But this is a darn good.

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