Martin Taylor: Double Standards (2008)
Utilizing his custom-made, arch-top guitar, Taylor showcases his virtuoso technique on swinging versions of Toots Thielman's "Bluesette" and Count Basie's "Jive at Five," picking lightning-fast single-note runs, thumping bass lines and big band-style chords. Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Triste" and Burt Bacharach's "Alfie" have a mellower, pop-oriented vibe, with stripped-down accompaniment tracks. Taylor digs into a bluesier, string-bending tangent on "Estate" and "When I Take My Sugar to Tea," revealing a Django Reinhardt influence.
The production value of the recording is second-to-none; sound engineer Stuart Hamilton uses four microphones on Taylor's guitar and four on his amplifier, capturing every nuance in the guitarist's dynamic approach.
Taylor is playing at the top of his game on Double Standards, bringing freshness to overdone material and having a ball doing it.
Track Listing: Triste; Bluesette; Young and Foolish; Drop Me Off At Harlem; Alfie; Jive at Five; Someone To Watch Over Me; Alice in Wonderland; Estate; When I Take My Sugar to Tea; I Fall in Love Too Easily; Just Friends.
Personnel: Martin Taylor: guitar.
Record Label: P3 Music