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Chris Taylor: Nocturnal

Glenn Astarita By

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Track review of "You Know What I'm Saying"

New York-based virtuoso Chris Taylor spent 30 years behind the scenes as a session guitarist amid works for TV and various electronics-centered persuasions. Here, the artist steps out of the pocket for his freshman solo stint, supported by a distinguished roster of jazz-fusion artists performing on select tracks.

Taylor's influences seem varied, and his impressive compositional pen parlays a complement to his guitar expertise. Featuring precision-oriented theme building, loose groove dialogues and flourishing arrangements, Taylors merges fury, muscle, and tenderness into an articulate set of propositions.

Taylor uses space as a vantage point on the Weather Report-tinged, "You Know What I'm Saying." He parlays a textural approach via meticulous phrasings, sonorous extended notes and spiraling single note flurries atop drummer Gary Novak's punishing polyrhythmic attack. With concise choruses, nascent movements and polytonal mosaics, topped off with knotty unison lines, keyboardist Scott Kinsey goes toe-to-toe with saxophonist Steve Tavaglione during the energized bridge section, consummating the piece with a temperate fadeout. Taylor's first album intimates an expansive plane of persuasive musical concepts, embedded with a multihued fabric of sound.

Track Listing: Voices in my Head; Ear to the Rail; Nocturnal; You Know What I'm Saying; Green Divided by Blue; All of Us; Bela; Recluse; Here to There; Odd Hours.

Personnel: Gary Novak: drums (1, 4, 7); Ric Fierabracci: bass (1, 3-7, 9-10); Steve Tavaglione: soprano saxophone (1, 4, 10), tenor saxophone (5), alto saxophone (7), bass clarinet (8), EWI (9-10); George Whitty: piano (1, 5), keyboards (7), Rhodes (9); Chris Taylor: guitars, keyboards and programming (1-10); Tracey Kroll: electronic drums (2); Kevin Freeby: bass (2); John Findlay: keyboards (2); Joel Rosenblatt: drums (3, 5); Scott Kinsey: keyboards (4, 10); Gary Hasse: upright bass (8); Dave Weckl: drums (9); Francesca Russo: voice (9); Kirk Covington: drums (10); John Czajkowski: baritone guitar (10).

Title: Nocturnal | Year Released: 2011 | Record Label: Abstract Logix


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