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The Valley [Martin Taylor]

  • 1. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free
    2. Fair Haired Child, The
    3. Valley, The
    4. Bridge Over Troubled Water
    5. God Bless the Child
    6. Somewhere
    7. Hymn
    8. Don't Know Why
    9. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
    10. I've Got You Under My Skin
    11. Have You Mest Miss Jones?
    12. Kwame
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 11

  • Credits
    ProducerKarl Jenkins; Karl Jenkins
    EngineerJody Barratt Jenkins

    Personnel: Martin Taylor (guitar); Sacha Distel, Bryn Terfel (vocals); Simon Dinnagan (guitar).
    Audio Mixer: Jody Barratt Jenkins.
    Editor: Jody Barratt Jenkins.
    Photographer: Adrian Barry.
    After the passing of Joe Pass, Britain's Martin Taylor has risen to become one of the premier jazz guitarists on the scene. Despite that, he's presented on a relatively small label here. The music is a mix of original compositions by Taylor (and compatriot Simon Dinnigan) and standards from around the jazz repertoire. Taylor has a relatively light touch, reminiscent, at times, of some new age players. Simultaneously though, he can pick his way through intricate passages akin to a piano player. At that however, not necessarily a jazz piano player. Taylor is admittedly influenced by the likes of Art Tatum, but his style is almost that of a classical pianist through much of the recording, and certainly on the order of a classical guitarist. Guest vocalists are present (opera singer Bryn Terfel and Sacha Distel in particular), though their talents don't quite fit with Simon & Garfunkel covers, truthfully. Overall, the covers are nice, though not always fitting. The originals are where Taylor really shines, letting his style flow as it will through the passages without worrying about remaining true to the original composers. Worth a listen for jazz guitar fans, though Taylor is likely not unheard of for those in the know anyway. ~ Adam Greenberg

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.63) - "Taylor's wide-angle lens incorporates the tone and feel as he visits gospel, something akin to folk-gospel-classical-pop, old-timey pop, jazzy pop standards, even world-beat."
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