This is one of those albums that was passed on to me, and quite honestly it wouldn’t be something I would normally have gone out of my way to listen to, being very much a worshiper of all things six string. This album is not as guitar driven as a lot of other blues albums that I enjoy, but reading the press release piqued my interest so I thought I’d give it a try. That said though, Matt Taylor is undoubtedly one of the UK’s most prominent blues guitarists (although there is a lot of competition nowadays).
This is a recent project bringing several seasoned musicians together as a band and, as a debut album, it has tell tale signs of the underlying experience. As well as Matt Taylor, you have Jonny Dyke who has worked with a huge range of artists from all genres of the music world and Andy Graham and Roy Martin, sharing keys, bass and drums respectively.
The roots are seated firmly in the US, harking back to the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, but given an altogether ‘British’ twist. It makes for an interesting concoction which on paper shouldn’t really work but it just does, and it works really well. As I mentioned, the album is not totally guitar driven, with the keys often taking centre stage, be theyHammond organ or piano.
It’s the execution of the music that sets this up there among the best, and there is absolutely no denying the talent on display here. It’s an album that just oozes quality, with some beautifully played music combined with some truly moving song writing.
It’s albums like this that broaden our musical horizons, because they open ears to a new world of music, that may not have been discovered if we were left to our own devices.
While I may not have gone out of my way to listen to it, I listened to it all the same and I feel that my music collection has certainly improved because of it. It will keep you interested from beginning to end, and at times you’ll be astounded at how good it actually is.
Give it a chance, and appreciate it for what it is. Great musicians, playing great music!