Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Virtuoso Soloist Who Beats the Band

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Virtuoso Soloist Who Beats the Band

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Martin Taylor Pizza Express, W1

MARTIN Taylor may not be a startling melodic innovator, but he's certainly a technical innovator, an inspired adapter whose particular gift is to make one guitar sound like two or three. In other words, using only two hands to improvise freely on any number while simultaneously supplying the relevant chords and walking bass.

His latest album, Solo (MT3 Records), is devoted to this art and last night he demonstrated it live, using only a beautiful handmade semi-acoustic guitar (by Scottish luthier Mike Venden) and two ordinary boom-mikes.

With no double-tracking or apparent effort, he sounded like at least two guitarists at once. Meaty standards like Someday My Prince Will Come, Girl Talk and the Basie Band classic Lil' Darlin' gleamed under this treatment, while Tennessee Waltz, which he dedicated to the watching Steve Buckingham, his album's Nashville recording engineer, was enhanced with particularly rich substitute chords. …

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