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Taylor Made

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2024
Track listing: Kham’s Dilemma; After the Rain; Heightened Awareness; For Her; Indomitable; Hashtagged; Journey.


Article: Album Review

Curtis Taylor: Taylor Made

Read "Taylor Made" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Trumpeter and composer Curtis Taylor's debut album, he writes in the liner notes, “was over twenty years in the making." Ever since he was a teenager, Taylor confesses, he dreamed of recording his music with a group of stellar musicians and calling it Taylor Made. And now he has. The album's cover mirrors ...


Article: Album Review

Curtis Taylor: Taylor Made

Read "Taylor Made" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Taylor Made, from trumpeter, Curtis Taylor, presents seven tracks of fine post hard bop jazz. The music here is intelligent, inviting, and, lathered with superb solos. Taylor composed and arranged all seven tracks. “Kham's Dilemma" opens with a lyrical, yet exotic statement with Taylor's trumpet and Marcus Elliot's sax in unison over an ...


Article: Album Review

Curtis Taylor: Taylor Made

Read "Taylor Made" reviewed by Troy Dostert

From the classic Blue Note-inspired cover design to the wide range of bop-based jazz influences found within, trumpeter Curtis Taylor leaves no doubt about the vibe he is aiming for with his debut full-length release, Taylor Made. Taylor has been a frequently used sideman by artists such as Gregory Porter, Billy Childs, and Cyrus Chestnut, so ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Curtis Taylor, Logan Richardson, Steve Cardenas & Brian Scarborough

Read "Curtis Taylor, Logan Richardson, Steve Cardenas & Brian Scarborough" reviewed by Joe Dimino

From the chops of Kansas City trombonist Brian Scarborough, we open the 847th Episode of Neon Jazz with a tune full of KC in Central Standard Time. We onto Logan Richardson, who also has KC roots, with music from his 2024 release, Secret Garden. We also feature a host of new tunes from the likes of ...


Still I Rise

Label: Impact Jazz
Released: 2020
Track listing: Push Come da Shove; Still I Rise; Soulful Brother Gelispie; Melody for Trayvon; Blues a la Burgess; 8 Ball, Side Pocket; Heavens to Murgatroyd!


Article: Album Review

Derrick Gardner & The Big dig! Band: Still I Rise

Read "Still I Rise" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Trumpeter Derrick Gardner, a Chicagoan who has performed around the world with a who's who of jazz luminaries from Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Foster to Nancy Wilson, Tony Bennett and Harry Connick Jr., to name only a few, traveled to Winnipeg, Canada, to assemble and record his Big Dig! Band, several sizes removed from ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Joel Miller, Markus Howell, Curtis Taylor and More

Read "Joel Miller, Markus Howell, Curtis Taylor and More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week we focus on the new albums by Joel Miller, Markus Howell and Curtis Taylor, three new releases from Leo Records and a selection of new and recent recordings from across the wide world of jazz... Playlist Joel Miller “Song Story 1 : Gyre" from Unstoppable (Joel Miller) 00:00 Markus Howell “Get Right" ...

News: Recording

Reggae Meets Jazz and Tropicalia: Kiwi Brings You a Uniquely Uplifting Sound

On the Move is the secnd full-length album by Jersey City-based group Kiwi, a masterful and joyful celebration of reggae rhythms, soulful vocals, and Latin jazz-inflected harmonies. The band’s expansive, brass-heavy arrangements echo the classic reggae and R&B grooves of the late 60s/early 70s. Kiwi’s music is welcoming and eminently danceable, radiating an infectious energy that ...


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