Joani Taylor: Take Five


Take Five


Joani Taylor (vocals)


In My Own Voice (West Coast Records 1780C)

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Joani Taylor (vocals),

Jay Kin (MC), Ross Taggart (tenor sax), Bob Murphy (piano, organ), Miles Foxx Hill (bass), Buff Allen, Berni Arai (drums)


Composed by Paul Desmond


Recorded: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, September-October 2007


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

This is definitely a track to separate the men from the boys. Or is it the true believers vs. posers? Maybe it's the arrogant experts vs. the fans? Traditionalists vs. the modernists?

I have deliberately set up some ambiguous labels here, as Paul Desmond's classic has been on my mind lately. I used to listen to a jazz station on my satellite radio. The past tense became necessary as the percentage of repeats became intolerable. That and the fact that their Dave Brubeck selections made it seem as though Brubeck had recorded only two songs: "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo la Turk." It's sadly ironic whenever a groundbreaking artist is forced into some unnecessarily restricted Museum of Jazz.

All of which makes this version of "Take Five" so refreshing. Here we have the original tune updated not only with a funky vibe and Joani Taylor's sensual vocals, but also with a little Hip-Hop crosspollination, and the throw-down of MC Jay Kin. Forget the labels, this is just too much fun.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski

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