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5.0 out of 5 stars Same old mix of blues, modern jazz, classical music, country!?!?!
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...
Published on 17 Dec 2010 by G. E. Harrison

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3.0 out of 5 stars A good but not a great Otis Taylor album
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...
Published on 25 Jun 2010 by Leonardo27


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Same old mix of blues, modern jazz, classical music, country!?!?!, 17 Dec 2010
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G. E. Harrison (Cheltenham, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Clovis People Vol. 3 (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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4.0 out of 5 stars Otis Taylor - Clovis People Vol.3, 29 Oct 2010
This review is from: Clovis People Vol. 3 (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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3.0 out of 5 stars A good but not a great Otis Taylor album, 25 Jun 2010
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This review is from: Clovis People Vol. 3 (Audio CD)
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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