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Martin Taylor & Linn Records - Visions of Stephane Grappelli

Read "Martin Taylor & Linn Records - Visions of Stephane Grappelli" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The British audiophile record label Linn has a sub-imprint called Echo. This imprint is dedicated to the re-release of older label titles. It is from this considerable loam of music that these two Martin Taylor releases are gleaned, both hosting appearances by violinist Stephane Grappelli from the mid-1990s. Martin Taylor & Spirit of Django with Stephane Grappelli Years Apart Linn Records 1996/2015 The Spirit of Django was ...

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Martin Taylor/Andreas Varady: Belfast, Ireland, November 4, 2011

Read "Martin Taylor/Andreas Varady: Belfast, Ireland, November 4, 2011" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Martin Taylor/Andreas VaradyBlack BoxBelfast, IrelandNovember 4, 2011 It was a mouth-watering prospect and no mistake; Martin Taylor, the guitarist's guitarist, paired with 14-year-old, six-string sensation Andreas Varady, the youngest ever headliner at London's Ronnie Scott's. Taylor--of whom Jeff Beck said: “he out-shreds us all"--came to prominence when he began an 11-year stint with violinist Stephane Grappelli in 1979. His collaborations over the years have revealed an open-minded approach to music, with many ventures into non-jazz ...

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Martin Taylor: Embodying the Spirit of Django

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Guitarist Martin Taylor is about as multi-faceted as any player on the modern scene. Whereas many guitarists have reached similar heights within the jazz world, Taylor has developed simultaneous reputations for his solo jazz guitar playing, his Gypsy- inspired band, the Spirit of Django, his solo finger-style guitar work, as well as his small group jazz playing. Among guitarists, he is known as a player's player-- someone who reaches across genres to integrate his many influences, while at the same ...

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Martin Taylor's Spirit of Django: Last Train to Hauteville

Read "Last Train to Hauteville" reviewed by John Barron

Often, tribute recordings are nothing more than a way to get over to a wider audience by exploiting the innovations and persona of past musical giants. When done with sincerity, however, a tribute captures the essence of the honoree while eschewing mimicry and blatant commercial intent. Such is the case with Last Train to Hauteville, a lively outing by Scottish guitar virtuoso Martin Taylor and his Spirit of Django ensemble. The acclaimed ensemble was formed by Taylor in 1994 to ...

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Martin Taylor: Double Standards

Read "Double Standards" reviewed by John Barron

In a career spanning more than thirty years, guitarist Martin Taylor has collaborated with a wide range of artists including Stephane Grappelli, Chet Atkins and Jeff Beck, as well as recording extensively under his own name. Double Standards finds the Scottish guitar virtuoso in a duo performance with none other than himself. By recording two separate tracks, Taylor pulls off a set of familiar standards as though he were playing alongside the likes of Joe Pass, Herb Ellis or Barney ...

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Martin Taylor: Nitelife

Read "Nitelife" reviewed by Jim Santella

After touring and recording with Stéphane Grappelli throughout the 1980s, and then recording seven superior, straight-ahead albums in the 1990s for the Linn label, Martin Taylor has made a radical change of direction. For his Columbia Records debut, the guitarist teams with saxophonist Kirk Whalum, adds programmed accompaniments to the musical arrangements, and floats repetitious smooth jazz melodies around the recording studio. While his choice of style removes a fair amount of the session's creative energy, the album is performed ...

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Martin Taylor: Nitelife

Read "Nitelife" reviewed by Charles Chapman

For those who are only familiar with Martin from his Grappelli days or solo performances “Nitelife" may be a shock. If you are a Martin Taylor fan and have been following his career you will see the natural progression of a creative jazz musician.

This album is infectious and the more you listen to it the more it grows on you. Here are just a few highlights of what to expect.

The album opens with the original tune “Chaff & ...

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Martin Taylor: In Concert

Read "In Concert" reviewed by David Adler

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 ...

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Martin Taylor: In Concert

Read "In Concert" reviewed by Dave Nathan

Scottish born Martin Taylor started performing during the 1960's. He got a lucky break in 1979 when Stephane Grappelli's guitarist broke his wrist and Taylor was asked to step in. That alliance brought him to the attention of jazz critics and public alike and was the beginning of a 20-year association with the great jazz violinist. Taylor has done quite well on his own, too. He has many albums as a leader and has recorded and appeared with the creme ...

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Martin Taylor: Gypsy

Read "Gypsy" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The celebrated Scottish jazz guitarist Martin Taylor offers the jazz public yet another glimpse of Django Reinhardt on the aptly titled, “Martin Taylor’s - Spirit of Django” - Gypsy, which is the culmination of live and studio tracks. The band effortlessly whirl through Django’s “Nuages” and “Tears” while Taylor also incorporates many originals, all within the spirit of the late and quite fabled gypsy guitarist. Many of the recurring highlights revolve around Taylor’s unison and harmonic choruses with accordionist Jack ...

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Martin Taylor (Linn Records: Two

Read "Two" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The Standard Fare...with a twist. ...of lemon, of course. Please make mine dry, very dry, so I might enjoy this superb, easy listening disc with my sweetheart close. The listener will not even make it to Johnny Nicol’s performance of “I’ve Never Been Love Before” before sweet intoxication commands. This disc was recently honored as release of the week at All About Jazz and justly so. It is full of surprises.

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