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Lost-and-found essential from the Syd Barrett of jazz,
This review is from: Mike Taylor Remembered (Audio CD)
Though he co-wrote for Cream, pianist and composer Mike Taylor never made the jump to jazz's rockier climes of the late '60s and early '70s. Jon Hiseman moved to Colosseum, Ian Carr to Nucleus - both play beautifully on this elegant, previously -unreleased 1973 tribute to the jazz genius who walked into the sea in the spring of 1969. 'Mike Taylor Remembered' was the brainchild of Neil Ardley (also sadly gone now) and it was he who corralled up the genre's finest to make a compilation of Taylor's quirky and original creations, originally recorded with his quartet across only two albums before he effectively took off on a two-year extended acid trip that reduced him to a gibbering and unrecognisable vagrant. Taylor's experience matches that of rock's Syd Barrett, but for his early (and still unexplained) death. The rest of the line-up here speaks reams for the regard and affection Taylor was nonetheless held in: Norman Winstone, Barbara Thompson, Henry Lowther, Ray Warleigh, Peter Lemer, Tony Fisher and more, including Dave Gelly, today jazz critic on The Observer newspaper, who recounts the tragic story of Mike Taylor and the making of these memorial recordings in an expansive, well packaged release that is truly a lost-and-found essential of modern British jazz.