JOHN TAYLOR

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John Taylor (25 September 1942 – 17 July 2015) was a British jazz pianist born in Manchester; he has occasionally performed on the organ and the synthesizer.

John Taylor first came to the attention of the jazz community in 1969 when he partnered with saxophonists Alan Skidmore and John Surman. He was later reunited with Surman in the short-lived group Morning Glory and in the 1980s with Miroslav Vitous's quartet.

In the early 1970s, Taylor was accompanist to the singer Cleo Laine and started to compose for his own sextet. He also worked with many visiting artists at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London, and later became a member of Scott's quintet.

In 1977 Taylor formed the trio Azimuth, with Norma Winstone and Kenny Wheeler. On some of the group's recording Taylor played synthesiser and organ. The group was described by Richard Williams as "one of the most imaginatively conceived and delicately balanced
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JOHN TAYLOR Pause, And Think Again album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Pause, And Think Again
Post Bop 1971
JOHN TAYLOR Decipher album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Decipher
Post Bop 1973
JOHN TAYLOR Ambleside Days (With John Surman) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ambleside Days (With John Surman)
Post Bop 1992
JOHN TAYLOR Solo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Solo
Post Bop 1992
JOHN TAYLOR Exits And Entrances (With The Creative Jazz Orchestra) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Exits And Entrances (With The Creative Jazz Orchestra)
Post Bop 2001
JOHN TAYLOR Overnight album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Overnight
Post Bop 2002
JOHN TAYLOR Insight album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Insight
Post Bop 2003
JOHN TAYLOR Rosslyn (with Marc Johnson and Joey Baron) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rosslyn (with Marc Johnson and Joey Baron)
Post Bop 2003
JOHN TAYLOR Angel Of The Presence album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Angel Of The Presence
Post Bop 2005
JOHN TAYLOR Songs And Variations album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Songs And Variations
Post Bop 2005
JOHN TAYLOR New Old Age (with Steve Swallow, Gabriele Mirabassi) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New Old Age (with Steve Swallow, Gabriele Mirabassi)
Post Bop 2005
JOHN TAYLOR Whirlpool album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Whirlpool
Post Bop 2007
JOHN TAYLOR Phases album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Phases
Post Bop 2009
JOHN TAYLOR Requiem for a Dreamer album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Requiem for a Dreamer
Post Bop 2011
JOHN TAYLOR Giulias's Thursdays album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Giulias's Thursdays
Post Bop 2012
JOHN TAYLOR In Two Minds album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Two Minds
Post Bop 2014
JOHN TAYLOR 2081 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
2081
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2015

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JOHN TAYLOR Fragment album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fragment
Avant-Garde Jazz 1975
JOHN TAYLOR Blue Glass album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Blue Glass
Post Bop 1991

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JOHN TAYLOR Pause, And Think Again

Album · 1971 · Post Bop
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Sean Trane
Well, I was definitely more familiar with the Norma(l) side of the Taylor-Winstone couple’s works, but when I saw the hubby’s abNorma(l) RnR artwork for a jazz album, I had to rent it out to lay an ear on it, and not just because of the cute Winstone chick. I certainly was even more intrigued by seeing such names as the expected Winstone and Wheeler, but the more-surprising (for moi, anyway) Surman and Pyne names on the back cover.

The A-side’s dual title tracks are separated by the all-sails-deployed White Magic, a wild 16 knots/h piece, with Surman’s sax activating the turbo commands then ceding the wheel to Taylor’s piano. Wild stuff, dudes & dudettes. But prior to Norma(l)’s seduction spells, the Pause piece had already laid its charms on you, where the four-horn section take centre-stage, in spite of Taylor’s excellent piano parts. Sandwiching the magic is the Think Again piece, which is somewhat a return to down to earth idea(l)s

The flipside is a little tougher on the eardrums, though with the dissonant Awakening (no doubt it will ;o)) that leads slowly in a difficult Eye To Eye discussion about keeping distance from Norma(lity). Taylor’s sultry piano parts are brought on by the closing 11-mins Soft Winds, as you gladly escape away in the course of the Interlude, where Norma sings an all-too conventional farewell to your lustful illusions over Laurence’s bowed contrabass.

Well I’m not sure what flying tomatoes have to do with frozen trial motorbikes, but this strange RnR-like combination certainly caught my eyes, and the trick was successful, because I “suddenly” became aware (well sort of) that Norma had a significant second-half to be accounted with. Most likely, this fusionhead will certainly be on the lookout for musical traces of the hubby around the bend for his mental safety. Then you suddenly start figuring out Taylor used Norma’s minimal presence just as a ploy to entice you (the baited prey) into the album, as she’s there for only one track. What a sly plan, man!

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