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  • Audio CD (24 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Telarc Jazz & Blues
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,477 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Bluesman and songwriter Otis Taylor has become famous as the architect of a uniquely sparse and hypnotic style that has become known as "trance blues". Joining him on 'Clovis People, Vol 3' are guitarist Gary Moore on a couple of tracks and pedal steel player Chuck Campbell, a member of the Campbell Brothers, as well as regular collaborators Ron Miles on cornet and daughter Cassie on bass and vocals.

This is Otis Taylor's seventh release on Telarc Blues and with each new recording he continues his experiments with different sounds, this time adding new elements such as the theremin, organ, violin and cello which are interspersed throughout the album. Inspired to re-visit some of his own early compositions by the discovery near his home of the 13,000 year-old remains of the Clovis civilisation they have been transformed with new arrangements. Also included are previously unrecorded compositions which have been hidden at the bottom of a drawer waiting for the right opportunity to be unveiled.

Otis Taylor is one of the leading interpreter's of contemporary blues and has a large following in the UK having supported guitarist Gary Moore on a number of UK tours.

Personnel: Otis Taylor (guitars, vocals), Gary Moore (guitar, tracks 3,6,9), Chuck Campbell (pedal steel guitar), Cassie Taylor (bass, vocals, theremin), Ron Miles (cornet), Larry Thompson (drums), Valerie Franzese (cello), Brian Juan (organ), Fara Tolo (djembe) and others


(4 stars) Thoroughly modern and uncliched...Taylor's grizzled voice is alternately menacing and lovelorn. The man is a true one-off. -- The Sunday Times, (Clive Davis), May 30, 2010

(5 stars - Instant MOJO Classic) The stark blues truth deftly and simply delivered...Taylor creates unbelievable excitement...proves utterly irresistible. -- MOJO, (Fred Dellar), August 2010

The Colorado bluesman continues to cut a singular, fertile path...he returns to the rugged, electric style...Compelling stuff. -- The Observer, (Neil Spencer), May 23, 2010

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Dec. 2010
Format: Audio CD
If you think that blues is all the same old same old then you need to listen to Otis Taylor, whose music is firmly rooted in the trance blues of John Lee Hooker but who also brings in elements of world music, modern jazz, classical music and rock. On this record he adds to the basic country blues soundscape with Ron Miles on jazz trumpet, Gary Moore on geetar, Fara Tolno on djembe, Chuck Campbell on pedal steel guitar, Larry Thompson on kit drums and daughter Cassie on bass and theremin, with violin and organ also featuring. As usual with Taylor some of these aggregrations don't quite work but others work brilliantly - "Lee and Arnez" blends violin and organ with some beautiful blues lead guitar playing from Gary Moore, breathtaking.

We get off to a great start with "Rain so Hard" and "Little Willie" which tells the story of a school shooting. Although often slightly oblique, Otis's lyrics explore his usual themes - injustice, history, love and ghosts! "Babies don't lie" and "Coffee woman" both feature nice banjo along with haunting pedal steel. I think that this record is a distict progression from 'Pantatonic Wars and Love Songs' and sees Otis keeping the deep feeling of the blues but embelishing this with an exotic soundscape. I'm not a fan of Gary Moore but I thought that his guitar playing here was wonderfully controlled and very emotional, similarly Ron Miles trumpet is very lyrical and the pedal steel gives an eery feel to songs like "Past times". Although I agree that a few tracks here don't quite come up to muster but overall I think that this is an excellent record, with some very interesting sounds and some prodigious playing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TomS on 29 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
A new and interesting take on traditional blues style, rumbling rhythms and dark melodies with some good ol' fashioned foot-thumping. Excellent stuff.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Leonardo27 on 25 Jun. 2010
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Otis Taylor's latest album opens strongly with "Rain So Hard", a typically poignant tale of love gone wrong, which hauntingly brings to mind the late John Lee Hooker, but the next few tracks are somewhat hit and miss with at least three that wouldn't have passed the quality-control threshold on his most recent releases. Thankfully things pick up again after that with "Hands On Your Stomach", and the ride home from there is a whole lot better.

But despite all the usual suspects, something's missing this time. It all sounds just a litle too restrained and polite, and you long for Gary Moore to really let rip but sadly he never does. True, there are some very fine moments, the danceable "Harry, Turn The Music Up", the unexpected wig-out towards the end of "Lee and Arnez" and the shuffling "Think I Won't" prominent amongst them, but Ron Miles's expressive cornet isn't given the space and doesn't have the impact of recent outings and overall it's simply a less remarkable experience than of late. Perhaps it comes just too close on the heels of last year's excellent "Pentatonic Wars and Love Songs", and at the recent rate of roughly an album a year it shouldn't be a huge surprise if eventually something has to give.

As ever, he's worth a listen but this isn't his best work. For that, check out "Pentatonic Wars" and "Definition of A Circle".
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By reuben augustine on 27 Oct. 2014
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Otis Taylor is beginning to influence my own song writing
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4 1/2 ***** MUSIC FOR THE SOUL 11 May 2010
By dickydo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Otis Taylor, and his "trance blues" defy description. This is thought provoking, moody, atmospheric music that needs to find a wider audience. There's amazing interplay between the musicians. Cornet, pedal steel, crunching guitar riffs from Gary Moore plus cello, and violin weave a mesmerizing mix. The narratives are familiar Taylor themes yet, there's a new vitality to them as he searches his past musical roots. Chuck Campbell"s "Sacred Steel" is a striking counter point to Taylor's rhythm and Moore's stinging riffs on the powerful "Little Willie" about a boy shot and killed on a playground. This is ambitious music, not what often passes as blues in today's marketplace. Taylor's daughter Cassie deserves special mention, she's a formidable talent in her own right. Her bass playing and ethereal backing vocals are essential to the texture and tone of her Dad's songs. I could mention each song individually, but these songs just needs to be listened to as a whole. Taylor has an exceptional body of work over the last decade. The guy is a true artist without the pretension. The music and lyrics are there, open for interpretation. This is blues for the mind and soul.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Cosmic electric blues : atmospheric, hypnotic, a little weird and slightly unsettling 19 Aug. 2010
By Colin Spence - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'm no expert when it comes to blues, but I think I can still make the distinction between music that is 'bluesy' and music that is 'blues' and, in my opinion, this is most certainly an album of blues. However, it's a strange brew of often familiar themes given a somewhat unconventional treatment in terms of its instrumental arrangements and textures. The sound mix is good - the vocals and various instruments don't get in each other's way, and the album has great stereo separation (try listening on headphones).

Otis Taylor possesses a husky 'lived in' voice with enough of an emotional edge to suggest that he's been there a few times. All songs are written by Otis, and he adopts a 'less means more' approach with the lyrics to tell his stories, mainly centred around bad people and tough situations - although there are a few lighter moments also. But the most striking thing about 'Clovis People Vol.3' is the combination of instruments used and the sounds that they produce. The first things you hear are the edgy acoustic guitar, twitchy theremin and primordial drones of the opening track - you kind of suspect from the outset that this is not going to be a 'regular' album of modern electric blues.

Pedal steel features on most songs, and the sounds that Chuck Campbell teases out of the instrument range from eerie to downright nasty (and there is plenty of sustain on many of the notes also) - listen to the final track, 'Think I Won't', with some of the meanest pedal steel you're ever likely to hear. Then there is the strange high-pitched wail/twitch of a theremin (Cassie Taylor) which can be heard on a couple of tracks. Lead electric guitar is played on 4 tracks, 3 featuring British blues/blues-rock guitarist Gary Moore - on 'Lee and Arnez', his fills are subtle and haunting and, towards the end of the song, he plays a one minute solo which has a slightly more aggressive edge. Paul Johnson does the honours on 'Little Willie' - more of a blues-rock style of playing, but he's no slouch when it comes to putting away the riffs. Last, but by no means least, there is acoustic guitar from Otis, it can be heard on most songs weaving in and out alongside the other instruments, and there are some short solos also - highlighting the taut sound of his Signature Santa Cruz guitar.

Perhaps the most unusual instrument is a cornet (Ron Miles) which is presented on a few songs - lending the music something of a surreal jazz-tinged vibe. Other instruments played on selected tracks are : violin, cello, organ, banjo and harmonica. The rhythm section is more conventional - Cassie Taylor's funky electric bass playing (particularly so on 'Rain So Hard' and 'Coffee Woman') together with Larry Thompson's crisp drumming ensure that the up-tempo songs rock and the medium to slow tempo songs groove; djembe (Fara Tolno) is played on a few tracks to add a further layer of percussive sounds.

I'd never heard of Otis Taylor before, and I'm not familiar with his music, but I really liked 'Clovis People Vol.3' - the playing is terrific (although I have some slight misgivings about the cornet playing on one or two songs); and Otis and the gang groove their collective pants off for the best part of 50 minutes, with only a temporary respite towards the middle of the album. I had a listen to the samples from a few earlier albums; 'Recapturing the Banjo' caught my attention immediately, there seems to be some great playing on that album too, and it has a very 'rootsy' and authentic feel - another one for my ever expanding list of 'must buy music'.

Otis Taylor strikes me as an artist who knows the blues, but one who isn't afraid to push the envelope either - the music on 'Clovis People Vol.3' is gripping stuff (but it's not for everyone).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Pretty Riveting Stuff 31 Oct. 2010
By 6 String Guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Otis Taylor - Clovis People Vol.3

First of all, don't spend any time looking for Vol's 1 & 2 as they do not exist. However, Vol.3 will do just fine for me. This is a very interesting CD with a blues base that runs underneath it all but the instrumentation is quite varied including cornet, violin, cello, pedal steel guitar, etc. Gary Moore plays some driving guitar on a few tracks and Cassie Taylor is on board as usual on the bass. This is not necessarily uplifting, good times music as the themes are dark - murder, heartache, drug dealers and slavery but this is unusual music and so varied that I found it very enjoyable to listen to. Otis Taylor seems to be mining his own niche within the blues and very successfully with this great CD.

Summary - well played and interesting blues based music that might make you think or at least follow the groove to several different places that Otis Taylor will take you. Recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Trance blues creator 24 April 2013
By Zenrox33 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Genius, Mr. Trance Blues, worth years of repeat listening, all of his music is GENIUS. Get as much of his music as possible! he will take deep inside your true dear self.
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Viva la Difference 5 Mar. 2011
By Leigh Murrell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I like this CD but don't love it however it is one of those CD's that grows on you and that's good. It is different and clever and inventive and I would recommend it to anyone who likes a bit of blues and country but it is not really either of those. Fine musicianship. Product arrived quickly and in good condition - recommend seller.
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