... and welcome to the online home of saxophonist Mark Maxwell.  I appreciate your stopping by.

I've got a new album ready for you, a collection really sublime and relaxing new age piano pieces called The Promise Of Spring.  It's been a long, cold winter up here in Ann Arbor, but spring has sprung.  The Promise Of Spring is a meditation on the feeling of hope and joy that this season brings.

If you're new to my music, you can learn more about me on my About Page, but the short story is this: I'm a saxophonist and composer, and I've been playing the saxophone for over 50 years!  I've recorded a LOT of music over the years and I'm recording more all the time.  I've sold hundreds of thousands of my albums and songs, and my songs have streamed well over 20,000,000 times.  People seem to like what I record; I know I enjoy recording it!

My music tends to be very romantic, relaxing, and sensual; people use it for sex music, soft background music, dinner music, easy listening music, etc.  Some of what I record is upbeat and uplifting: backyard party music, etc.  I also do some excellent blues music and some very lovely smooth jazz Christmas

So relax while you're here and enjoy the music.  If I can be of service to you in any way, use my Contact Page and let me know, okay?


Mark Maxwell



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Blog Posts

Leon Russell wrote "This Masquerade" 

One of the songs on my album And I Love Her is the great classic, This Masquerade. 

Everybody knows the George Benson version, because it was a world-wide hit and won a Grammy for Record of the Year in 1977.  

But most people don't know it was written some years earlier by Leon Russell.  The song appeared on the B-side of Russell's 1972 hit "Tight Rope".  His version was also part of the soundtrack for the psychological thriller film Bug.

Here's a video in If you can struggle through the intro, the original… Read more

"Spooky" Was Composed By The Sax Player! 

Most people don't know that the song Spooky, made famous by the Classics IV, was actually originally recorded as an instrumental by saxophonist Mike Shapiro in the mid 60s.

It was later rerecorded by the Classics IV in 1967 after guitarist James Cobb and producer Buddy Buie added the lyrics. Apparently, Mike Shapiro had the same publishing company as Cobb and Buie, who heard the tune, liked it, and put lyrics to it.

The classic element of this story is that Shapiro ended up playing the great sax solo on the… Read more

Soul Vaccination 

I had to great thrill and honor of auditioning with Tower Of Power about 20 years ago.

I remember quite clearly one of the songs we played was Soul Vaccination. I was reading the lead tenor chart and, man, all those syncopated notes just looked like dots flying by; it was really hard to read. I should have just played it from heart; after all, I've heard the tune about 10,000 times.

I still love listening to it! Everybody get in line!

That's Norbert Stachel playing lead tenor. I think he's the guy that got the… Read more