Robin Taylor — Isle of Black
(Transubstans Records Trans031, 2008, CD)
by Jeff Melton, Published 2009-07-01Danish Guitarist Robin Taylor's adventurous endeavors continue forward on his tenth solo album in ten years with a markedly different slant. Opening cut, "Confessions," meshes old-style Frippertronics like loops with a sampled and diced lead vocal that lead into a progressive rock theme driven by heavy organ and hot inspired electric guitar playing. "Johannesburg," in contrast, relies on a unison repeated phrase (like many a showcase song by Steve Morse's Dixie Dregs or John Goodsall's songwriting for Brand X come to mind) that build into an out right instrumental rock anthem. Free jazz themes and out playing have been mostly abandoned for well defined guitar driven melody lines with drummer Rasmus Grosell at the crux of the slow building tension on "Mind Archaeology." Long time friend reedsman Karsten Vogel interjects his brash sax stabs before the latter part of the piece breaks character by giving Vogel some appropriate bop style room later closing on an emotive wandering phrase. Closing this disc, "Ismit" sums up the entire project with sampled percussion and flood-like lead guitar comparable interplay I would expect from Djam Karet's last few recordings. Overall it's a real tour de force effort for Taylor, which calls out for a full stage performance hopefully somewhere in the near future.
Ginger Baker RIP – Legendary English drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80. After coming to fame with Cream in the 60s alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, he became one of the most recognized and influential drummers of the rock era. On September 25, his family announced that he was critically ill, and on October 6 his death was confirmed. » Read more
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more