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Taylor's Universe



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4 stars Experimental Health (Taylor's Universe '98)

Probably the saxiest album in the world!

Enter saxophonist extraordinaire Karsten Vogel of Burnin Red Ivanhoe and Secret Oyster fame: Robin C Taylor is back in strong form as the sole songwriter with a bunch of King Crimson'esque tracks that Vogel's saxes lend great support in the vein of the early sax based period of King Crimson. Yet, 'Experimental Health' also encompasses the later (80's) Crimson and points towards a more Canterbury'ish style, perhaps best exemplified - to these ears - by the Andrew Latimer (Camel anyone?) guitar-led 'Inner Space' (others would probably recollect some Mike Oldfield or even David Gilmour influences).

Whatever, Taylor's Universe are back with the trio form consisting of Karsten Vogel, Robin C Taylor and Rasmus Grosell (drums, percussion) at the core relegating Marsfeldt on keys to a sideman. Grosell excellently adds heavier and punchier drums to the proceedings which combines with the heavier guitar work mainly done by Taylor himself but also by the returning sideman Henning Plannthin on two tracks to end up with a rockier album. Kim Menzer (also of Burnin Red Ivanhoe fame) enhances two of the tracks with his flute, trombone and tenor sax to provide a more eclectic mix than previously.

While the debut combined sax and trumpet and the followup concentrated on trumpet, the third release by Taylor's Universe 'Experimental Health' seems to take the logic step to only employ sax - and to great effect

earlyprog | 4/5 |


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