156

Martin Taylor: In Concert

David Adler By

Sign in to view read count
Martin Taylor, the Django-inspired Englishman who shared many a stage with the late Stephane Grappelli, has developed one of the brightest, purest guitar tones in the business. At Pittsburgh’s Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild in 1998, Taylor showed off that tone in a solo setting, and this recording of the event is simply stunning. Jim Ohlschmidt’s liner notes explain the unusual dual-pickup setup in Taylor’s Yamaha archtop guitar, which enables him to blend electric and acoustic signals. Taylor’s playing sings with the warmth and fullness of a traditional jazz guitar sound, but thanks to his setup he can unleash a stinging attack more commonly heard in country and acoustic blues. You can hear these aspects integrated most effectively on "Georgia On My Mind." You also get a strong dose of Taylor’s British charm when he mentions the song’s composer, Hoagy Carmichael (accent on the "michael").

Taylor works his magic on a variety of well-known standards such as "They Can’t Take That Away From Me," "I’m Old Fashioned," and "Sweet Lorraine." He also tackles jazz classics like "I Remember Clifford" and "The Dolphin" with dazzling creativity. Only on Ellington’s "In a Mellow Tone" does he come up a bit short on ideas. That’s certainly not the case, however, on "Stella By Starlight," which he reenergizes with a sunny major-key vamp — you’d expect to hear something darker — and an unusual ending on the second bar of the form. Three less frequently played tunes find Taylor in contrasting moods: tender on "Why Did I Choose You," saucy and swinging on "Lulu’s Back In Town," and adventurously modern on the finale, "Taking a Chance on Love."

Track Listing: 1. They Can

Personnel: Martin Taylor, guitar

| Record Label: Fantasy Jazz | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Rags And Roots CD/LP/Track Review Rags And Roots
by James Nadal
Published: April 25, 2017
Read Tangled CD/LP/Track Review Tangled
by Jack Bowers
Published: April 25, 2017
Read Is It Me...? CD/LP/Track Review Is It Me...?
by Edward Blanco
Published: April 25, 2017
Read Live CD/LP/Track Review Live
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: April 25, 2017
Read 14.11.2016 CD/LP/Track Review 14.11.2016
by Nicola Negri
Published: April 25, 2017
Read Malnoia CD/LP/Track Review Malnoia
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 24, 2017
Read "The Outlier" CD/LP/Track Review The Outlier
by Mark Corroto
Published: July 16, 2016
Read "Resting in a Fold of the Fog" CD/LP/Track Review Resting in a Fold of the Fog
by John Eyles
Published: March 16, 2017
Read "Young" CD/LP/Track Review Young
by Jack Bowers
Published: May 4, 2016
Read "Crop Circles" CD/LP/Track Review Crop Circles
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 16, 2017
Read "A Missing Shade of Blue" CD/LP/Track Review A Missing Shade of Blue
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: July 22, 2016
Read "Stereotomic" CD/LP/Track Review Stereotomic
by Geno Thackara
Published: April 18, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM RECORDS | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!