Archive for July 17th, 2009

Paul Taylor – Burnin’

The summer is not hot enough. Paul Taylor lets it burn with his new album scheduled for release July 21, 2009 on Peak Records. It’s Paul fifth release on this label and it looks like Paul keeps the standard high. After the tremendous success of his previous album Ladies Choice Paul teamed up again with the producers Barry Eastmond and Rex Rideout following the chart-topping concept.

But there is a change in the instruments. Paul plays instead of soprano and alto sax the tenor sax on nine of the ten tracks. Playing the tenor sax requires more physical strength. “The focus on the tenor happened by very happy accident,” Paul comments. “I thought it would be cool to bring my tenor along with my soprano and alto to the sessions which kicked off the project. When I got to the studio and opened up my cases, I saw that the soprano was damaged. It made sense to use both alto and tenor to start writing, and I really started liking the way the lower tones of the tenor sounded.

One of Barry’s strengths in jazz is producing the tenor, so we just kept rolling with it. It’s got a gutsier sound and as things turned out, lent itself to the retro ’70s soul sounds that naturally emerged from our writing and recording sessions. I always think back to that Junior Walker Shotgun blast and this was just my time to go in this direction.”

Back in the Day awakes memories of wonderful summer days full of emotion and joy. Grover Washington Jr. is in the air. Balladeer Billy Cliff shines with a charisma like Michael McDonald. The similarity is undeniable.

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