From his swaying and suggestive onstage body movement to conceptualizing the electro-psychedelic cover art for his latest album Pleasure Seeker (Countdown/Unity), saxman Paul Taylor seems determined to captivate us visually. For his breakthrough hit On the Horn, Taylor gathered some of his existing tunes and sought the production direction of Kazu Matsui; on Pleasure Seeker, Taylor chose a more collaborative approach. For the most part, he started composing the tunes from scratch with the new production team of Dino Esposito (an old college chum of Taylor's) and Scot Rammer. While Taylor's strong sense of melody and lyrical approach to his instrument has been in place since the first project, his new producers give him a unique, atmospheric sonic playground unlike any other heard on smooth jazz radio'part industrial percussion (as on the echoing simulated metal pipe taps on the opener, "Groove Zone"), part electronic new age hypnotism (the dreamy shuffling on the moody "Looking for Eve" recall David Lanz & Paul Speer's classics), and, more to the modern point, modern hip hop meets a dash of stylish 70's soul (including a Fender Rhodes sound on lively funk-based "Thrive"). Taylor also wraps his loose, fluid soprano sound (which ring of the Grover Washington influence) around a wide variety of bass dynamics; the mid-tempo ballad "Raw Sugar" features jungle soundscaping and basslines that croak like a happy frog, while the bass rhythms on "Twilight Ride" are subdued and barely audible, leading to another round of gentle hypnosis.
Performance CreditsPaul Taylor Primary Artist,Trombone,Keyboards,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Brian Monroney Guitar
Oji Pierce Multi Instruments,Musician
Dino Esposito Keyboards
Scot Rammer Keyboards
Shelina Wade Background Vocals
Technical CreditsOji Pierce Programming,Producer
Raymond Taylor-Smith Engineer
Robert Tauro Executive Producer
Dino Esposito Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,MIDI
Scot Hammer Programming,Engineer
Scot Rammer Producer,Engineer,drum programming,MIDI
DJI Pierce Programming,Producer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Pleasure Seeker based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
I guess twins love this cd! My twin sister and I adore this cd. Paul Taylor is truly talented, and this cd is an absolute must have! We love every single song on the disc.
My sister kept telling me to buy anything by Paul Taylor. I did. The first thing that I bought was Undercover. I played it constantly for 2 consecutive weeks. When I was in the car I listened and when I was in the house I listened. I went and bought Pleasure Seekers. My sister and I are now trying to find On the Horn. We love Paul Taylor's style of music. He is one of those artists that we won't have to hear a song before we buy the CD. We'll just buy it.
This is a fabulous collection of cool, light jazz that you just do not get tired of listening to. Paul Taylor is one of the most under-rated but highly talented jazz artists of our times.