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  • Audio CD (18 Sept. 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cam Jazz
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Doozy 1 10:32
  2. 2081 7:41
  3. Empress 5:23
  4. DMG 9:26
  5. Deer On The Moon 9:53
  6. Doozy 2 4:53

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'A family project' is how Alex Taylor, singer-songwriter as well as John s son, labels the English pianist s latest album. A project made all the more poignant by the shocking news of John Taylor's death, in July, aged 72. And that is exactly what it is, considering that John, who wrote the music, and Alex, who wrote and sang the lyrics, are joined by Leo Taylor on drums. Oren Marshall on tuba, whose surname is not Taylor but who is most assuredly very close to the Taylor family, completes the quartet. '2081' draws inspiration from Kurt Vonnegut s short story 'Harrison Bergeron', published in 1961. John Taylor was commissioned to write the music by BBC Radio 3 for the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Originally written for octet, it was then readapted for quartet. Alex Taylor explains: 'Vonnegut s story depicts a dystopian future in which everyone is equal. Nobody is allowed to be smarter, better looking or more physically able than anyone else. Those individuals who are gifted with intellect, talent and so on are made to bear handicaps '. At times, John Taylor s musical realm is reassuring and consistent with his own standards, while, at other times, it conveys the mysterious, unsettling future depicted by Vonnegut, by pursuing a hybrid sound, mingling jazz, pop and a moody soundtrack vibe. This pursuit definitely benefits from the sonic scenarios opened by Marshall s tuba, as well as the drumming style of Leo Taylor (already launched on a brilliant career on the indie-rock scene with his band The Invisible), who very often introduces modern, offbeat hypnotic rhythms here.


4 / 5 stars After an LP of duets, this is the second posthumous release from the great British pianist John Taylor, and one of his finest. Taylor has long displayed an empathy for singers from Cleo Laine to his ex-wife Norma Winstone and this quartet features the burnished baritone of his son Alex, who sounds like a calmer, more soulful Sting. Joining this family affair is drummer Leo from the Invisible (John s other son with Winstone) while, instead of a bassist, they use Oren Marshall on tuba someone who can switch between warm, sustained colliery-band pedal notes, nimble New Orleans-style basslines and eccentric solos. Alex Taylor s lyrics are inspired by a dystopian sci-fi novel by Kurt Vonnegut, and the deliciously bleak mood recalls John Taylor s work with David Sylvian. This distills many of the features associated with Taylor s music tricksy time signatures, surprisingly funky modal jazz solos, elegant lead lines to create a highly English form of soul music. --The Guardian

4 STARS John Taylor wasn t to know that 2081 would be his swansong. The English pianist, who deserves a place among the modern greats of his instrument, suffered a sudden heart-attack on stage in July and died shortly after...2081 is a song cycle based on a short story by Kurt Vonegut (to whom Taylor, coincidentally, bore a striking resemblance) about a dystopian future world. Alex Taylor sings his own lyrics with a technical polish and an affecting, unaffected sincerity that puts him in a category alongside contemporary male vocalists such as Theo Bleckmann and Kurt Elling. Oren Marshall s nimble tuba provides an unusual bottom end to the music, and Leo Taylor orchestrates the music from the drum kit with a sense of purpose and adventure. But inevitably, and correctly, attention is drawn most to Taylor, a great pianist at the height of his powers, clearly reveling in the youthful company and reeling off a succession of mesmerising solos which it s still hard to accept were among the last to fall from his hands. --The Irish Times

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