Mick Taylor: Slow Blues
Mick Taylor (guitar)
Mick Taylor (Columbia 35076)
Mick Taylor (guitar),
Kuma Harada (bass), Pierre Moerlen (drums), Jean Roussell (piano).
Composed by Mick Taylor.
Recorded: London, early 1979
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
"Slow Blues" rightfully wears the badge of honor that guitarist Mick Taylor had earned while working alongside the Rolling Stones in the early 1970s, as the track features some blistering guitar leads and a bevy of instrumental technique.
Even though it is brief, the reason Taylor was hired by Mick and Keith is clear, because, as a player, he initiates a great amount of space, and, within its borders, passion rings out while patience ensures that the music is never forced. The tune is loosely performed, and the mood is as evocative as many classic blues tracks that are not laced with rock stylings.
Certainly, this sound could be classified as either blues, jazz, or rock, and the stylistic diversity provides much of its charm. Of more significance, though, is that the recording gives listeners an opportunity to hear Taylor apart from the Glimmer Twins and in his own casual setting.
The inspiration level is high, the musicians' jamming is focused, and Taylor delivers as he steps up and fronts his own show. It returns his music to the primal intensity of his earliest recordings (cut with John Mayall) while retaining the quality of a Stones side project-which is exactly what it is.
Reviewer: Marcus Singletary