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Taylor's Universe



4.02 | 43 ratings

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kev rowland
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4 stars One of the real joys of listening to Robin Taylor's work is that one is never quite sure what is going to come out of the speakers when the CD is put on. This was quite a lengthy recording process, with the sessions taking six months to complete, but the result is yet again another wonderful album from the mad Dane. What is particularly interesting on this album is the way that the music moves between progressive rock, soft jazz, fusion, RIO, avant-garde jazz etc. It is a seamless move, something that is definitely enhanced by having three different brass players involved, with Karsten Vogel making an appearance back with Robin for the first time since 'Soundwall'. Robin also brought in renowned Danish guitarist Jon Hemmersam to assist with the solos. As well as playing jazz, Jon has recorded with Evelyn Glennie and has a real understanding of different types of music.

That is useful here, as in some ways this is one of Robin's most accessible albums while at others it is incredibly complex. There may be simple keyboard chords, while the drums drive along before a very dirty blues sax breaks through or we could be sweeping along in pure fusion with great guitar. The jazz can be reflective at times while at others it can be almost impossible to comprehend. In lots of ways this is a good introduction to Robin's vast collection of work as it can be enjoyed on so many different levels. Yet again this is something that fans of adventurous music need to seek out. For details visit

kev rowland | 4/5 |


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