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Collaborations
     

Collaborations

by Will Taylor
 
When one hears the phrase "with strings," the first things that come to mind are the recordings that Charlie Parker, Wes Montgomery, Chet Baker, and other jazz greats made with lush string orchestras. Austin, TX-based violinist/viola player Will Taylor does appreciate jazz; he

Overview

When one hears the phrase "with strings," the first things that come to mind are the recordings that Charlie Parker, Wes Montgomery, Chet Baker, and other jazz greats made with lush string orchestras. Austin, TX-based violinist/viola player Will Taylor does appreciate jazz; he has cited Duke Ellington as one of the arrangers who has been an inspiration to him. But for the most part, what transpires on this CD is folk-rock. Recorded over a six-year period from 1999-2005, Collaborations spotlights a series of acoustic-oriented concerts that Taylor calls Strings Attached. When well-known singer/songwriters pass through Austin while on tour, Taylor gets them to perform additional concerts without their regular touring bands -- and the band he uses instead emphasizes string instruments. As of the summer of 2005, the Austin venue of choice for Taylor's Strings Attached series was St. David's Episcopal Church -- although some of these live performances were recorded at other venues in the Texas city. But whatever the venue, Collaborations is excellent -- and this release is consistently rewarding whether Taylor is joining forces with Shawn Colvin on the haunting "Set the Prairie on Fire," Ruthie Foster on the bluesy "Ocean of Tears," Barbara K. (of Timbuk 3 fame) on the moody "You Can't Kill Me," or Slaid Cleaves on the optimistic "For the Brave." Again, folk-rock is the album's orientation, but the influence of '30s jazz is quite strong when Libby Kirkpatrick (herself a folk-rocker) performs her song "In This Life"; the performance has Hoagy Carmichael, Billie Holiday, and Mildred Bailey written all over it. Austin is known for having a great music scene, and this fine album gives listeners no reason to think otherwise.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/20/2005
Label:
Heart
UPC:
0000206003027
catalogNumber:
30

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Will Taylor   Primary Artist,Guitar,Violin,Leader,Viola,Group Member
Eliza Gilkyson   Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Shawn Colvin   Guitar,Vocals
Sara Hickman   Vocals
Ian Moore   Guitar,Vocals,Hand Clapping
Slaid Cleaves   Guitar,Vocals
Guy Forsyth   Guitar,Vocals
Brad Evilsizer   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Jimmy LaFave   Guitar,Vocals
Patrice Pike   Guitar,Vocals
Wayne Sutton   Guitar
David Webb   Piano
Stephen Zirkel   Bass,Piano,Trumpet,Group Member
Barbara K.   Vocals
Chris Dye   Sounds
Libby Kirkpatrick   Vocals
John Fremgen   Bass
Jason McKenzie   Percussion,Drums,Tabla,Group Member
Jamie Desautels   Violin
Javier Chaparro   Violin
Charles Prewitt   Cello,Group Member
Glenn Rexach   Bass,Guitar

Technical Credits

Eliza Gilkyson   Composer
Shawn Colvin   Composer
Sara Hickman   Composer,Producer
Ian Moore   Composer
Slaid Cleaves   Composer
Guy Forsyth   Composer
Tab Bartling   Executive Producer
David Hough   Engineer
Jimmy LaFave   Composer
Marty Lester   Engineer
Patrice Pike   Composer
Will Taylor   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Barbara K.   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Sidney Wyche   Composer
Elly Brown   Composer
Cliff Hargrove   Engineer
Mimi Alidor   Artwork,Graphic Design
Libby Kirkpatrick   Composer
Curtis Cole   Video Director
Rob Hooper   Composer

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