The acclaimed Contemporary Jazz saxophonist's 8th full-length record, "Burnin'", showcases Paul Taylor' skills at their best.
His signature smooth sound permeates, but there's a renewed focus on the instrument's heritage.
The album is produced by Barry Eastmond and Rex Rideout, who give a retro feel to the new offering. The musicianship is, as always, excellent, the sound production is very good.
After the excellence of his last mellow Soul orientated set "Ladies Choice" (who was recorded with the incomparable songstylist Regina Belle and few more female singers), which reached # 1 of the Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz Chart, "Burnin'" takes a more uptempo and more instrumental route with hints of Junior Walker about the handclapping grooves with a Soul Jazz feel.
The whole thing has a live in the studio kind of feel and is just totally, totally funky. Great tunes, fantastic rhythm arrangements, killer soloing from all sides.
Try "Back In The Day", "Revival", "Burnin", the slower "Side Pocket" and the Grover-ish "It's Like That".
Primarily instrumental with Paul playing tenor sax on most tracks, the organic feel is aided by Michael White playing drums on most tracks.
Everything you could actually want from a Paul Taylor album, no fillers, no souless sequencers, just groove, groove and uh, groove
It's a feel good album begging for radio airplay.
The album debuts at # 7 of the Billboard Jazz Albums Chart.
Issue date, August 8, 2009
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