Martin Taylor - Stepping Stones - Jazz Rag

This CD is a compilation drawn from eight albums recorded for Linn records over an eight year period. There are five solo guitar items, six tracks from the tribute band Spirit of Django, a duet with violinist Stephane Grappelli, and a further duet with pianist David Newton. The solo tracks are probably the most remarkable, employing a virtuoso finger style technique which continually gives a sense of several instruments being involved. Georgia On My Mind is slow and bluesy, The Dolphin assumes an airy Pat Metheny flavour, Why Did I Choose You? is wistful and folky, I Get Along Without You Very Well is thouroughly respectful of the original melody and I Got Rhythm is quite startling, Martin Taylor playing dazzling counterpoint, spinning simultaneous melodic lines on bass and treble strings. The Spirit of Django pieces exude a strong Reinhardt flavour without any attempt to merely duplicate the Hot Clug of France sound. Meetings with Grappelli and Newton are very rewarding equal partnerships and again impress mightily.

Jazz Rag
01 May 2000