Maxwell Davis

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s

Biography

14 January 1916, Independence, Kansas, USA, d. 18 September 1970, Los Angeles, California, USA. Davis started out playing tenor saxophone and during the swing era played in several big bands. Settling in Los Angeles, he took an interest in the city’s burgeoning R&B scene of the 40s, and during this and the following decade and into the early 60s he was in constant demand in the recording studios, backing several noted performers. Among R&B, jazz and other record sessions in those years were those with Ernie Andrews, Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown, Red Callender, Damita Jo, Helen Humes, Pete Johnson, Jay McShann, and Big Joe Turner. He also played with Norman Granz’s Jazz At The Philharmonic and Ray Anthony’s big band. Davis produced several sessions and sometimes contributed songs. The labels included Modern Records, Aladdin Records and Kent, while among the artists were Ray Agee, Pee Wee Crayton, Floyd Dixon, Lowell Fulson, Lloyd...

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