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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.


Article: Live Review

Jazzfestival Saalfelden 2023

Read "Jazzfestival Saalfelden 2023" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Esaminare il curriculum di Michiyo Yagi significa inoltrarsi in un fittissimo reticolo di collaborazioni stilisticamente trasversali e tutte di alto livello. E rendersi conto della serietà del suo lavoro e della considerazione in cui è tenuta nel mondo, dall'ambito accademico fino a quello pop. C'è voluto il festival di Saalfelden per organizzare un invito ufficiale nei ...


Article: In Pictures

James Brandon Lewis at Palazzo Te in Mantua

Read "James Brandon Lewis at Palazzo Te in Mantua" reviewed by Luciano Rossetti


Article: Live Review

NovaraJazz 2023

Read "NovaraJazz 2023" reviewed by Libero Farnè

NovaraJazz 2023 Novara, varie sedi 1--11.06.2023 “Abbiamo ormai alle spalle vent'anni di passione con l'amico e socio Riccardo Cigolotti, accanto a tanti che hanno legato un pezzo della loro vita a questa piccola grande avventura. Il nostro punto di partenza è sempre stato lavorare su Novara e sulla sua comunità ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Leiteres Leite, Hedvig Mollstead, Chad Taylor, JD Allen & More New Releases

Read "Leiteres Leite, Hedvig Mollstead, Chad Taylor, JD Allen & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

An intriguing set of music featuring Americana in its Unitedstatesean and British declinations, three variations on the concept of jazz for large ensembles, John Zorn's take on existentialism, psychoanalysis, and the uncertainty principle, Chad Taylor's interpretation of Andrew Hill's music, and Nelide Bandello's nod to the world of Tim Berne.Happy listening!Playlist Ben ...


Article: Six Picks

January 2023

Read "January 2023" reviewed by Pat Youngspiel

Masaki Hayashi Group Blur The Border S/N Alliance 2023 In contrast to its sister-label Nagalu Records, Shinya Fukumori's S/N alliance is devoted to music and musicians outside of Japan, bringing idioms from classical music and improvised streams under one roof, to be shared across borders. And pianist Masaki Hayashi's ...


Article: What is Jazz?

2023 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

Read "2023 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The fact that New York City's Winter JazzFest (WJF) is back to in-person performances may very well be among the most meaningful signs, at least for jazz die-hards, that life is returning to normal. The overall number of concerts may not be as high as in the past, with the 170+ performances of 2020 ...


Juba Lee

Label: Clean Feed Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Showtime; Bedouin Dream; Sky Lake; Juba Lee; Brother Ibrahim; Love Is In The Air; Gemini Time; Say You’re Sorry; Sweet Fifteen (For G.T.).


Molecular Systemic Music Live

Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: CD 1: A Lotus Speaks; Helix; Of First Importance; Molecular. CD 2:An Anguish Departed; Cesaire; Neasha; Loverly; Breaking Code.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

2022 Look Back in Jazz

Read "2022 Look Back in Jazz" reviewed by David Brown

I'm not really one for making top ten lists. This week's show is a mix of wonderful tunes that kept me good company thought out the year. Enjoy!Playlist Thelonious Monk “Esistrophy (Theme)" from Live at the It Club-Complete (Columbia) 00:30 James Brandon Lewis “Molecular" from MSM Molecular Systematic Music (Live) (Intakt Records) 02:15 Eri ...


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