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In the first few bars of the title track to his new Peak Records/eOne album, Countdown, contemporary urban jazz’ hit saxman Paul Taylor, ever the engaging showman, invites his legion of fans into the experience by counting off 5…4…3…2…1. He launches into his incredible third decade as a solo artist with a set that’s fuses his trademark jazzy/funk/soul vibe with prominent elements of synthy dance pop/EDM, trancelike neo-soul, electronica, folksy lite rock, reggaeton, even a touch of blues. The album’s colorful fusion of grooves and styles was created by the saxophonist and his longtime collaborator, co-writer and producer Dino Esposito

Album

Tenacity

Label: Peak Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Supernova; Tenacity; Awakening; Spur of the Moment; Luxe; Peace of Mind; Wicked Games; Open Road; More To Come; Empire

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Article: Album Review

Paul Taylor: Tenacity

Read "Tenacity" reviewed by Jeff Winbush


Paul Taylor is an innovative, inquisitive saxophonist who is constantly pushing the creative envelope of both his instrument and the audience's expectations...no, wait...that's somebody else. Paul Taylor is a cutting edge player who is always surprising in his restless and innovative musical explorations...nope, that's not right. Paul Taylor is a musical chameleon constantly changing his style ...

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Arizona Jazz Festival Bodes To Be A Souled Out Weekend

Arizona Jazz Festival Bodes To Be A Souled Out Weekend

Parade of Grammy winners and R&B legends set to join a stellar jazz slate March 7-9, including Ne-Yo, Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, The Isley Brothers and Gladys Knight Phoenix, AZ: With thousands of old school and new school R&B and contemporary jazz fans from across the U.S. flocking to Phoenix twice a year for the Arizona ...

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Jazz Jackpot: Jazz And Soul Stars To Light Up The City Of Lights

Jazz Jackpot: Jazz And Soul Stars To Light Up The City Of Lights

Las Vegas Jazz Festival slated for September 27-29, 2013 headlines Charlie Wilson, India.Arie, Jeffrey Osborne, Euge Groove, Kem and Anthony Hamilton Phoenix, Arizona (8 August 2013): More than 24 contemporary jazz and R&B high rollers promise to make the Las Vegas Jazz Festival a winning bet. Tickets are now on sale for the 3-day music and ...

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Bob Baldwin: Betcha By Golly Wow - The Music of Thom Bell

Read "Bob Baldwin: Betcha By Golly Wow - The Music of Thom Bell" reviewed by Jeff Winbush


Bob BaldwinBetcha By Golly Wow: The Songs Of Thom BelleOne2012New urban jazz keyboardist Bob Baldwin disdains the “smooth jazz" moniker, but that doesn't necessarily mean he isn't familiar with the conventions of the genre. He's got ideas that don't have a thing to do with cranking out infinite ...

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News: Festival

Jacksonville Jazz Festival Line-up

The City of Jacksonville is proud to announce an exciting lineup of performances for the 2011 Jacksonville Jazz Festival scheduled for Thursday, May 26 through Sunday, May 29. All festival performances and elements are free and open to the public unless otherwise listed. This year's festival will continue the tradition of jazz in Jacksonville with a ...

Album

Burnin'

Label: Peak Records
Released: 2009
Track listing: Back in the Day; Revival; Groove Shack; Remember the Love; Burnin

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News: Interview

Saxophonist Paul Taylor Interviewed at AAJ

Saxophonist Paul Taylor Interviewed at AAJ

One of the knocks on smooth jazz has been that it's too commercial. Being commercial isn't necessarily a bad thing. There's nothing wrong with creating a product with the primary objective being to appeal to as many potential customers as possible. However, when it comes to music, too often the drive for sales, radio play and ...

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Article: Interview

Paul Taylor: Creating a Signature

Read "Paul Taylor: Creating a Signature" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins


One of the knocks on smooth jazz has been that it's too commercial. Being commercial isn't necessarily a bad thing. There's nothing wrong with creating a product with the primary objective being to appeal to as many potential customers as possible. However, when it comes to music, too often the drive for sales, radio play and ...


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