John Taylor: Fantasy
John Taylor (piano)
Songs and Variations (CAM Jazz CAMJ 7772-2)
John Taylor (piano).
Composed by John Taylor.
Recorded: Cavalicco, Italy, February 20-21, 2004
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
Playing a muffled rhythm on the strings with his left hand, John Taylor develops a melody with his right. It catches your ear immediately by its rough tones and brisk tempo. Taylor is not here to play Mr. Nice Guy. When his left hand strikes the keyboard and phrases virtuoso streaks parallel to the right hand before returning to the strings, it gives the tune its full harmonic dimension. It emphasizes the raw atmosphere that the pianist, as a sculptor of sounds, has decided to explore. This solo is really carved in stone, and revels in the somber beauty of its multiple facets.
Reviewer: Thierry Quénum