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Martin Taylor

Martin Taylor

Internationally recognised as Britain's greatest jazz guitarist, Martin Taylor is a versatile and masterful musician.



Linn 40th Anniversary Collection
Linn 40th Anniversary Collection
Linn celebrates its 40th anniversary with a limited edition collection bursting with stand-out music 

AKD 425  

Artistry
Artistry
A virtuoso display of solo guitar artistry. 

AKD 395  

Super Audio Surround Collection Vol 3 sampler
Super Audio Surround Collection Vol 3 sampler
a stunning new collection of demonstration quality tracks that showcase our artists at their best 

AKP 305  

Super Audio Surround Collection Vol 2 sampler
Super Audio Surround Collection Vol 2 sampler
The second disc in the highly popular SACD sampler series. A great overview of the best of Linn. 

AKP 284  

Linn 'Selektions' The Surround Sound sampler
Linn 'Selektions' The Surround Sound sampler
A superb collection of tracks from Linn's Super Audio CD catalogue. 

AKP 245  

Spirit of Django
Spirit of Django
An album embracing the spirit of Django Reinhardt and Gypsy Jazz. 

AKD 237  

Linn Records Sampler
Linn Records Sampler
Linn Records sampler with highlights from the Jazz, Classical and Scottish catalogue. 

AKP 175  

Stepping Stones
Stepping Stones
A compilation drawn from eight Linn Records Martin Taylor albums. 

AKD 144  

Gypsy
Gypsy
Martin Taylor and his critically-acclaimed Spirit of Django project. 

AKD 090  

Celebrating Grappelli
Celebrating Grappelli
A classic collaboration with the late and legendary Stephane Grappelli. 

AKD 094  

Two's Company
Two's Company
Leading jazz guitar virtuoso in duet with a host of talented Australian musicians. 

AKD 081  

Portraits with special guest Chet Atkins
Portraits with special guest Chet Atkins
Chet Atkins joins Martin Taylor on a sterling series of jazz standards. 

AKD 048  

Years Apart
Years Apart
A popular release in the acclaimed 'Spirit of Django' series. 

AKD 058  

Offbeat
Offbeat
The multi-award winning vocalist recorded live at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club. 

AKD 046  

Reunion
Reunion
A reunion for Martin Taylor and the late, legendary violinist Stephane Grappelli. 

AKD 022  

Change of Heart
Change of Heart
Quartet album featuring David Newton, Brian Shels and John Rae. 

AKD 016  

Don't Fret
Don't Fret
Martin Taylor's debut album for Linn Records featuring his Quartet. 

AKD 014  

Martin Taylor 

"Throughout the history of the medium only a small handful of jazz guitarists have possessed the technique and unerring musical sense required to create exciting and complete music without the aid of a rhythm section. Martin’s solo work, like Art Tatum’s solo piano, is unsurpassed. He is one of the true giants of jazz guitar...a unique voice." David Hungate - Producer

Born in 1956, it was just four years later that Martin Taylor was given his first guitar by his jazz musician father, Buck Taylor. Although inspired initially by the gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt, it was to be piano players, most notably Art Tatum, that caught his imagination and set him on the path of developing his own individual style of solo guitar playing.

Leaving school at fifteen he left the British Isles bound for New York, playing on the cruise liner Queen Elizabeth II and spending the next two years working in the Caribbean. His rapidly developing musicianship soon won him many admirers and in 1978 he made his debut album "Taylor Made".

The following year he received a call from Stephane Grappelli inviting him to play in a series of concerts in France. The great jazz violinist was so impressed that he asked him to join him on a coast to coast tour of the US, including New York’s Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. It was the beginning of an eleven year collaboration which took in numerous world tours and over 20 albums, including recordings with Michel Legrand, Peggy Lee, Yehudi Menuhin, Nelson Riddle and the soundtrack for the Louis Malle movie "Milou en Mai".

Alongside his work with Grappelli he was still pursuing his solo career, receiving wide critical acclaim for his album "Sarabanda" recorded in Los Angeles in 1987 and featuring bassist John Patitucci, Brazilian percussionist Paulinho Da Costa and produced by Toto bassist David Hungate.

In 1990 Taylor made his first album for Linn Records, "Don’t Fret" (Linn AKD 014), and decided to concentrate completely on his solo career. His second album, "Change of Heart" (Linn AKD 016), soon followed and in 1993 he made his critically acclaimed solo album, "Artistry", which topped the UK Jazz Charts for six weeks. In the same year Grappelli and Taylor briefly joined forces again to make a duo album, "Reunion" (Linn AKD 022) and were the subject of a BBC TV documentary.

British audiences will be familiar with his next Linn recording "Spirit of Django" (Linn AKD 237) through his version on Robert Palmer’s "Johnny and Mary" which was used for the famous ‘Nicole - Papa!’ TV commercial for the Renault Clio. "Portraits" (Linn AKD 048), his sixth album for Linn Records, was recorded in Nashville, Hamburg and Scotland and, although primarily a solo album, it has been an opportunity for Martin to work once again with two old friends, David Hungate and the legendary guitar picker Chet Atkins.

"Years Apart" (Linn AKD 058), another outing for the Spirit of Django band, was released in 1996 to critical acclaim and public popularity. It also won the BT British Jazz Awards in two categories : Best Guitar and Best Small Group.

As a much sought after concert performer Martin Taylor spends much of his time touring the world - Europe, America, the Far East and Australia are all regular destinations. When not touring he lives on a farm in Scotland where he writes music for TV and film.

On Saturday June 15th 2002, Martin was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire. The MBE, awarded to Taylor by Her Majesty The Queen for his services to jazz, was presented to him at Buckingham Palace in 2002. "I'm completely amazed and absolutely thrilled," commented Taylor. "It really is an honour to be recognised in this way for doing what I love doing best - music has been my life's inspiration and I couldn't imagine ever doing anything else. It's brilliant!"

In 2007 Martin won the The BBC Radio 2's "Heart of Jazz" Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award for his "Contribution to Jazz Guitar Worldwide" from the North Wales International Guitar Festival.


For further information - www.martintaylor.com
Martin Taylor on Friday Night is Music Night
18 June 2010
BBC Radio 2 presents the world-class guitarist live
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Crescendo & Jazz Music
Martin Taylor's beautiful playing is simply a revelation. This disc should be in everyone's collection
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The Observer
a new and entirely original way to explore and extend the musical world of Django Reinhardt.
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In-tune International
Johnny And Mary is recognisable from its use as the theme to the Renault "Nichole-Papa" television commercial.
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Jazz Rag
A balanced overview of the 1990s work of an utterly remarkable guitarist
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The Scotsman
Taylor plays with all his customary brilliance.
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Crescendo and Jazz Music
What an exhibition of style and sympathy! Seek this one out.
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Rolling Stone
Definitely the album of the year.
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The Guardian
As revivalists go, Martin Taylor's Spirit of Django rank among the more ingenious. THE GUARDIAN


Chet Atkins
Martin Taylor is one of the greatest and most impressive guitar players in the world. I just love his playing. This association has been quite an honour for me.


Jazz Action Review
... the ultimate in mellow jazz ... The perfect record for when two is truly company. JAZZ ACTION SOCIETY


Jazz on CD
....a blend of nostalgia and new discoveries ... a fine album from two highly individual musicians who clearly enjoy their reunion. JAZZ ON CD


Gramophone Magazine
... deliberation, elegance and musical intelligence. GRAMOPHONE


Jazz Journal
... a quite outstanding album of elegant jazz . JAZZ JOURNAL


17 March 2014 to 17 March 2014
England
Theatre By The Lake, Keswick, England, United kingdom
Martin Taylor Solo

20 March 2014 to 20 March 2014
Scotland
The Lemon Tree, 5 West North Street Aberdeen, UK AB24 5AT, Scotland, United Kingdom
Martin Taylor

21 March 2014 to 21 March 2014
Scotland
Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline, Scotland, United Kingdom
Martin Taylor Solo

23 March 2014 to 23 March 2014
England
The Capstone Theatre, Shaw St Liverpool, UK L61
Martin Taylor Solo

25 March 2014 to 25 March 2014
England
Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street Shoreham-By-Sea, WSX BN43 5EG, England, United Kingdom
Martin Taylor

27 March 2014 to 27 March 2014
England
Subscription Rooms, Kendrick St Stroud, GLOS GL5 1AE, England, United Kingdom
Martin Taylor Solo

28 March 2014 to 28 March 2014
England
National Center For Early Music, Walmgate York, England, United Kingdom
Martin Taylor Solo

29 March 2014 to 29 March 2014
England
Centenary Centre, Atholl Street Peel, Isle of Man IM5 1HQ, England, United Kingdom
Martin Taylor Solo

06 April 2014 to 06 April 2014
North America
TBC, Wilton, CT, USA
Hot & Cool Jazz Series

08 April 2014 to 09 April 2014
North America
Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave Seattle, WA 98121, USA
Martin Taylor Solo

10 April 2014 to 10 April 2014
North America
Yoshi's Oakland, 504 Embarcadero W Oakland, CA 94607, USA
Martin Taylor

11 April 2014 to 11 April 2014
North America
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA
Martin Taylor

12 April 2014 to 12 April 2014
North America
Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St NW Washington, DC 20005, USA
Martin Taylor

14 April 2014 to 14 April 2014
North America
Three Stages at Folsom, Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom, CA 95630, USA
Martin Taylor

15 April 2014 to 15 April 2014
North America
Visalia Fox Theatre, 300 W Main St Visalia, CA 93291, USA
Tommy Emmanuel & Martin Taylor

19 April 2014 to 19 April 2014
North America
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 30 2nd St Troy, NY 12180, USA
Martin Taylor

22 April 2014 to 22 April 2014
North America
Cullen Center for the Performing Arts, Kenmore Ave, Tonawanda Buffalo, NY, USA
Martin Taylor

25 April 2014 to 25 April 2014
England, London
The Royal Albert Hall, London, England, United Kingdom
Chas & Dave - Guest Martin Taylor

17 May 2014 to 17 May 2014
Asia/Australasia
The Basement, Sydney, Australia
Martin Taylor Solo

23 May 2014 to 23 May 2014
Asia/Australasia
Wodonga Jazz Basement, 52 Lincoln Causeway Wodonga, VIC, Australia
Martin Taylor Solo

24 May 2014 to 24 May 2014
Asia/Australasia
Canberra Theatre, Civic Square on London Circuit Canberra, NSW, Australia
Martin Taylor Solo

29 May 2014 to 29 May 2014
Asia/Australasia
Bennetts Lane, 25 Bennetts Ln Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia
Martin Taylor Solo

29 June 2014 to 29 June 2014
Scotland
TBC, Crail, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom
East Neuk Festival

26 July 2014 to 26 July 2014
England, London
Kings Place, London, England, United Kingdom
Martin Taylor Solo