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Taylor's Universe: Across the Universe

Read "Across the Universe" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Back in the day, record companies would occasionally issue “Greatest Hits" compilation albums. Usually cheaply packaged (no gatefold, no credits, no liner notes, etc.), these collections were a convenient way to have all of an artist's big hits (plus some filler) in one convenient location. Record companies reaped huge profits from these collections and, perhaps, took ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Taylor's Universe: From Scratch

Read "From Scratch" reviewed by Dave Wayne

If nothing else, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and studio rat Robin Taylor is consistent. Stylistically, he's done it all. His recordings-all self-produced and issued on his own Marvel of Beauty imprint-over the past two decades encompass everything from ambient soundscapes to free improvisation to straight-up hard rock. The past decade or so finds Taylor working exclusively with what ...

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Robin Taylor: Evidence

Read "Robin Taylor: Evidence" reviewed by Dave Wayne

2013 was a banner year of sorts for Robin Taylor and his band, Taylor's Universe. The Copenhagen-based composer, keyboardist, and guitarist completed two albums Evidence, and Worn Out (Marvel of Beauty, 2013) and both stand among his finest work. A studio-bound aggregation, Taylor's Universe specializes in very personal and distinctive take on progressive rock. Instead of ...

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Taylor's Universe: Worn Out

Read "Worn Out" reviewed by Dave Wayne

One can only hope that Robin Taylor was being ironic when he titled his latest collection Worn Out. Musically, it follows in the footsteps of his recent recordings with Taylor's Universe; Kind of Red (Marvel of Beauty, 2012) and Return to Whatever (Marvel of Beauty, 2009). But there's a freshness, fire and vigor here that suggests ...

Taylor's Universe: Kind of Red

Read "Kind of Red" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Danish multi-instrumentalist Robin Taylor is something of a musical polymath who's recorded extensively in a number of disparate musical arenas, including free improvisation (with his group Taylor's Free Universe), hard rock (with Art Cinema), electronic soundscapes, and jazz-rock fusion. With Kind of Red, Taylor's stylistic focus is firmly in the general area of instrumental progressive rock.

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Taylor's Universe: Kind of Red

Read "Kind of Red" reviewed by Mark Redlefsen

Leader of the band Taylor's Universe, multi- instrumentalist, composer, producer, and record label owner Robin Taylor hails from Denmark. With the title of his 30th release, Kind Of Red, Taylor cleverly tips a hat to the iconic album Kind of Blue (Sony, 1959) by trumpeter Miles Davis, and possibly also to King Crimson's Red (Atlantic, 1974). ...

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Robin Taylor - Taylor's Free Universe: Two-Pack

Read "Two-Pack" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Danish progressive-rock denizen Robin Taylor employs a green approach with the packaging of this double mini-disc set, packed in small cardboard sleeves. However, the minimalist product design is offset by several ferocious works, spanning the prog element and free-floating jazz improvisation.

Taylor has been carrying the prog torch since 1991 and is a mainstay ...

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Taylor's Universe: Artificial Joy

Read "Artificial Joy" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Danish composer and multi-instrumentalist Robin Taylor is one of the hardest working progressive rockers in the business. Based on the strength of his rapidly growing discography and forthright intentions, his Taylor's Universe band features some longtime collaborators, despite occasional personnel shifts. Artificial Joy remains consistent with his penchant for imbuing knotty deviations on top of burgeoning ...

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Art Cinema: Art Cinema

Read "Art Cinema" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Danish multi-instrumentalist Robin Taylor might be considered a modern day professor of progressive rock. He fuses the best of the past while instilling a sense of newness into his expanding discography. Art Cinema signifies a project that was brought about via Taylor's musical relationship with guitarist Michael Denner, who appeared on Soundwall (Independent, 2007), by Taylor's ...

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Taylor's Universe with Karsten Vogel: Oyster's Apprentice

Read "Oyster's Apprentice" reviewed by John Kelman

If I learned anything on my recent trip to Punktfest in Norway, it's that there's a world of music out there which is lucky if it even receives a passing nod in North America. The internet has made it possible to gain access to much of this material, although one has to know where to look. ...