Definition of a Circle

Definition of a Circle

by Otis Taylor


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Definition of a Circle

In many cases, modern-day blues artists merely ape the blues masters of yesteryear -- following the blueprint to a T. So it is truly a breath of fresh air when Otis Taylor releases a new album, such as 2007's Definition of a Circle. Sure, there are elements of modern-day blues-rock detected (namely, the inclusion of guest guitarist Gary Moore on certain tunes), but Taylor is not stuck to the instruments that are usually associated with blues-rock. Case in point, such tunes as "Black's Mandolin Boogie," "Maharaja Daughter," and "Mexican Cowboy," which utilize such instruments as banjo, mandolin, electric cello, cornet, lap steel, etc. That said, there are several tunes that would certainly fit comfortably in the "modern-day blues-rock" category, including "Love and Hesitation" and "Something in Your Back Pocket" (which showcase Moore's electric guitar talents), as well as tunes such as "Little Betty" and "They Wore Blue," which fit somewhere between the two aforementioned approaches. Otis Taylor is one of the few modern-day bluesmen that manages to avoid stylistic clichés, as heard throughout Definition of a Circle.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/27/2007
Label: Telarc
UPC: 0089408365928
catalogNumber: 83659
Rank: 109931

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Otis Taylor   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin,Piano,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Charlie Musselwhite   Harmonica,Harp,Guest Appearance
Gary Moore   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Ron Miles   Trumpet,Cornet
Josh Kelly   Drums
Richard Sharples   Mandolin
Ben Sollee   Cello,Electric Cello
Cassie Taylor   Bass,Vocals
Hiromi Uehara   Piano,Guest Appearance
Junko Ohashi   Vocals
Cecelia E. Alvarez   Spoken Word
Nick Amodeo   Mandolin
Brian Juan   Organ,Piano
Se Youn Kwon   Vocals
Zach Miskin   Cello

Technical Credits

Otis Taylor   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Matt Sandoski   Engineer
Francesco Cameli   Engineer
Graham Lilley   Guitar Techician

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can't go wrong with the music of Otis Taylor. He's referred to as the father of Trance Blues and he's earned the name. Not everything he does fits in that "genre," but even his non-trance music provides many enjoyable hours of listening. Definition of a Circle, Below the Fold, Double-V, you just can't go wrong with any of his albums. As an innovator, musician, and entertainer Otis Taylor is the real thing.