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Maxwell, performing in Baltimore Saturday, still happily operates left of R&B's center

Maxwell, performing in Baltimore Saturday, still happily operates left of R&B's center

On the phone from Copenhagen, Denmark, recently, the R&B singer Maxwell had plenty to tout from his 2016 — the year he later described as “the greatest Christmas present I've ever gotten.” A discussion was timely, given it had only been a few months since he released his fifth album, “blackSUMMERS'night,” to commercial and critical success.

Maxwell's attention, however, was focused on a woman — as has been the Grammy winner's wont since the Brooklyn, N.Y., native helped usher in R&B's influential neo-soul movement of the mid-1990s. This time, the 43-year-old Lothario heaped praise on his tour partner, Mary J. Blige. (The duo is...

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