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Chad Taylor

Chad Taylor (b. 1973) is a composer, educator, percussionist and scholar who is a co-founder of the Chicago Underground ensembles. Originally from Tempe, AZ, Chad grew up in Chicago where he started performing professionally at the age of 16. Chad has performed with Fred Anderson, Derek Bailey, Cooper-Moore, Pharoah Sanders, Marc Ribot, Peter Brotzmann, Malachi Favors and many others. Chad leads his own band Circle down which debut recording was given a 5 star review by All music:

"What is remarkable is that there is no wasted motion, no histrionics or grandstanding, as pure emotion is translated to superlative music making on this most highly recommended recording, one for the ages." Allmusic.com

Chad has a BFA from the New School in Jazz Performance and a MFA in Jazz Research and History from Rutgers University.

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Album Review

John Blum / David Murray / Chad Taylor: The Recursive Tree

Read "The Recursive Tree" reviewed by John Sharpe


Three equally potent partners combine in a spontaneous and intense outpouring on The Recursive Tree. Neither reedman David Murray or drummer Chad Taylor require much introduction. Murray has been a colossus on the scene ever since he first erupted onto the stages of lofts across Manhattan back in 1976. Taylor has become increasingly ubiquitous, recognized as one of the finest drummers of his generation, as evidenced by his tenure with saxophonist James Brandon Lewis, bassist Eric Revis and late trumpeter ...

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John Blum, David Murray and Chad Taylor: The Recursive Tree

Read "The Recursive Tree" reviewed by Troy Dostert


After maintaining an almost impossibly prolific recorded output during the 1980s and 1990s (with over fifty releases in the 1990s alone), saxophonist David Murray eased up considerably in the 2000s, leaving his fans wondering if he might ever return to his earlier fecundity. Although it would be unrealistic to expect the veteran tenorist to approach the manic intensity of his first couple of decades, it does seem as though he is once again finding his stride, energized to some degree ...

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Luke Stewart Silt Trio: Unknown Rivers

Read "Unknown Rivers" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Bassists in the jazz world frequently have to toil in the trenches for years, building their resumes in fits and starts as they gradually establish themselves, commonly hidden (figuratively and literally) behind the players up front who get most of the attention and credit. Luke Stewart is an undeniable exception, having enjoyed a mercurial rise to prominence since 2017 in outfits like Irreversible Entanglements, Heroes Are Gang Leaders and his own ensembles, not to mention a host of other projects ...

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James Brandon Lewis: For Mahalia With Love (Expanded Edition)

Read "For Mahalia With Love (Expanded Edition)" reviewed by Stefano Merighi


La musica di James Brandon Lewis è potente, assertiva, trascinante. Ma rivela talvolta, sotto lo strato di forza, una sottile e affascinante vulnerabilità emotiva, che rende ancora più ricco il suo discorso compositivo e solistico. Come nel caso di questo scintillante omaggio al mondo espressivo di Mahalia Jackson, che si realizza attraverso memorie familiari, quelle della nonna che ha trasmesso a James questa passione tuttora bruciante. Lewis è una delle voci più convincenti del jazz contemporaneo che non ...

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Angelica Sanchez - Chad Taylor: A Monster Is Just An Animal You Haven't Met Yet

Read "A Monster Is Just An Animal You Haven't Met Yet" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Angelica Sanchez and Chad Taylor's collaboration on the album A Monster is Just an Animal You Haven't Met Yet is a serendipitous blend of jazz's past and future wrapped in a package so enigmatic that it might as well come with its own set of riddles. The duo, comprising Sanchez's deft piano work and Taylor's percussive wizardry, crafts a sonic landscape as unpredictable as a weather forecast in the Bermuda Triangle.From the first note it is evident that ...

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James Brandon Lewis: For Mahalia With Love (Expanded Edition)

Read "For Mahalia With Love (Expanded Edition)" reviewed by Chris May


Not since Oded Tzur's Isabela (ECM, 2022) has a comparably exalted tenor saxophone-led album come along, not until For Mahalia, With Love. Vaultingly great jazz and deep solace for the soul, For Mahalia, With Love was released in late 2023. An annual cycle for albums of this quality is actually a sufficiency, for there is enough in both these, and those that preceded them, to last a listener a lifetime. File next to John Coltrane's Crescent (Impulse!, 1964) and Albert ...

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James Brandon Lewis / Red Lily Quintet: For Mahalia, With Love

Read "For Mahalia, With Love" reviewed by Pat Youngspiel


Moving on chronologically from George Washington Carver--the African-American musician and influential agricultural scientist to whom James Brandon Lewis' previous recording with the Red Lily Quintet, Jesup Wagon (Tao Forms 2021), was dedicated--For Mahalia, With Love continues the pattern of paying homage to influential Afro-Americans who, in their own way, changed the course of history. This album's dedicatee is the early gospel queen Mahalia Jackson, whose seminal performances lit a spark in the saxophonist's grandmother; she in turn carried the spark ...

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James Brandon Lewis & Chad Taylor Launch 2018 Season In Beacon, NY

James Brandon Lewis & Chad Taylor Launch 2018 Season In Beacon, NY

Source: James Keepnews

“James Brandon Lewis, a jazz saxophonist in his 30s, raw-toned but measured, doesn't sound steeped in current jazz-academy values and isn't really coming from a free-improvising perspective. There's an independence about him.” —The New York Times “With an insatiable appetite for music on the fringe, drummer Chad Taylor has been an active participant in the creative music environments of both Chicago and New York. Not confined to any particular style, Taylor threads an array of astounding patterns and cadences.” —All ...

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Avram Fefer Trio CD Release Show May 9th featuring Michael Bisio and Chad Taylor

Avram Fefer Trio CD Release Show May 9th featuring Michael Bisio and Chad Taylor

Source: Avram Fefer

Celebrating the release of Eliyahu (NotTwo Records), Avram's tenth recording as a leader. A trio recording featuring long-time collaborators, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Chad Taylor—Eliyahu picks up where their last recording, Ritual (Clean Feed Records) left off.... with killer grooves, memorable tunes, and potent improvisations. For this performance, the bass chair will be filled by bassist exrtraordinaire Michael Bisio. Monday, May 9th @ 9pm (one set only)—$10 CSV Cultural Center 107 Suffolk St # 312 ...

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The Jazz Session #147: Chad Taylor

The Jazz Session #147: Chad Taylor

Source: Michael Ricci


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Henry Grimes Trio w/ Charles Gayle & Chad Taylor, "Churching!," 12/17/O4, NYC!

Henry Grimes Trio w/ Charles Gayle & Chad Taylor, "Churching!," 12/17/O4, NYC!

Source: All About Jazz

As practically everybody who loves music has heard by now, master bassist HENRY GRIMES, missing from the music world since the late '6O's, has made an unprecedented comeback after receiving the gift of a bass (a green one called Olive Oil!) from William Parker in December, 'O2 to replace the instrument Henry had been forced to give up some 3O years earlier. Between the mid-'5O's and the mid-'6O's, the Philadelphia-born, Juilliard-educated Henry Grimes played brilliantly on some 5O albums with ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

A Monster Is Just An...

Intakt Records
2024

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Unknown Rivers

Pi Recordings
2024

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Transfiguration

Intakt Records
2024

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Fly Or Die Fly Or Die...

International Anthem Recording Company
2023

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The Fountain

From: Afrika Love
By Chad Taylor

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