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2015-05-19
Chris Squire vs leukemia – Word reaches us today that renowned bassist Chris Squire, founding and longest-serving member of Yes, has been diagnosed with a form of leukemia. He'll be undergoing treatment in his hometown of Phoenix, and the band will have long-time associate Billy Sherwood filling in on tour dates which are already booked. » Read more

2015-05-10
Seaprog announces Nik Turner as headliner for 2015 – The Seaprog Festival in Seattle has announced their headlining artists for the 2015 edition. Space-rock veteran Nik Turner will front an all-star collection of Seattle musicians for a sonic exploration on Sunday, August 9; Indonesian jazz-rock stars I Know You Well Miss Clara will also be performing, with their first North American show. » Read more

2015-05-10
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2015-05-06
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2015-04-11
Robert Rich performance in Santa Clara CA July 11th – Robert Rich has confirmed he will be preforming a very special one-off show at the home of Brad Owen at 2905 Warburton Ave, Santa Clara, CA 95051 with an after show party to follow, this will be open to the public but seating will be very limited! » Read more

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Taylor's Universe — Evidence
(Marvel of Beauty MOBCD024, 2013, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2013-12-07

Cover artThis latest offering by Robin Taylor’s band is a bit different than the previous two releases, perhaps more introspective and contemplative. The brooding and pensive fifteen minute opener “Buildings” builds up slowly over a relatively simple, but memorable repeating figure with periodic solo sax, guitar and keyboard embellishments, interrupted occasionally by alternating melodic changes and ambient interludes. The overall compositional approach on this tune reminds somewhat of Pekka Pohjola’s excellent 80s soundtrack work Everyman; I know that I have made comparisons between the two composers before, but I think it’s a fair one given the scope of their work and similar attack. “Red Afternoon” follows a similar approach, perhaps with more colorful melodies and heavy, intensive guitar and keyboard soloing throughout its twelve minute duration. If there is a ‘standout’ track on the album, this will certainly be it. There is a voice credit on this cut as well, but it must be buried under all the blistering guitars or heavily processed, because after numerous close listens, I’m clearly not hearing it. Matters not, though, as this band clearly has the instrumental power behind it to carry it forward without vocals and keep it interesting. The usual suspects are here, including the Secret Oyster contingent of Karsten Vogel (sax and bass clarinet) and Claus Bøhling (guitar solos par excellence), plus regular drummer Klaus Thrane. Thomas Thor Viderø Ulstrup provides some spectacular synthesizer solos, and Taylor does just about everything else (guitars, bass, flute, keyboards, etc.) as well as all the production, compositions and arrangements. Two additional lengthy instrumental workouts round out this excellent disc, which in general offers a bit more of a platform for fiery soloing than most of its predecessors.

Filed under: New releases , 2013 releases

Related artist(s): Robin Taylor, Karsten Vogel, Taylor's Universe

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