The Valley

The Valley

by Martin Taylor


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The Valley

After the passing of Joe Pass, Britain's Martin Taylor has risen to become one of the premier jazz guitarists on the scene. Despite that, he's presented on a relatively small label here. The music is a mix of original compositions by Taylor (and compatriot Simon Dinnigan) and standards from around the jazz repertoire. Taylor has a relatively light touch, reminiscent, at times, of some new age players. Simultaneously though, he can pick his way through intricate passages akin to a piano player. At that however, not necessarily a jazz piano player. Taylor is admittedly influenced by the likes of Art Tatum, but his style is almost that of a classical pianist through much of the recording, and certainly on the order of a classical guitarist. Guest vocalists are present (opera singer Bryn Terfel and Sacha Distel in particular), though their talents don't quite fit with Simon & Garfunkel covers, truthfully. Overall, the covers are nice, though not always fitting. The originals are where Taylor really shines, letting his style flow as it will through the passages without worrying about remaining true to the original composers. Worth a listen for jazz guitar fans, though Taylor is likely not unheard of for those in the know anyway.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/04/2005
Label: P-3 Music
UPC: 0827775000420
catalogNumber: 11

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Martin Taylor   Primary Artist,Guitar
Sacha Distel   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Bryn Terfel   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Simon Dinnigan   Guitar,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Martin Taylor   Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Karl Jenkins   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Cole Porter   Composer
Billy Taylor   Composer
Jesse Harris   Composer
Jody Barratt Jenkins   Engineer
Dick Dallas   Composer
Simon Dinnigan   Composer

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