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For a quarter of a century, the James Taylor Quartet have set the standard
for the coolest sounds in funky acid jazz. On dozens of mighty albums and at
their legendary gigs at home and around the world, they’ve quietly become
a byword for distinguished British creativity.
But the great artists never let the grass grow under their feet, and now
James Taylor’s impassioned musical curiosity has led to the most ambitious
and exciting project in JTQ’s illustrious history. Allow us to introduce the
new album ‘Closer To The Moon,’ the like of which you’ve never heard —
because in addition to their infectious trademark stylings, the quartet have
brought together the worlds of jazz and classical music in a brilliant and
unexpected marriage.
From the moment the metronome counts in at the top of ‘Tick Tock’ until
the conclusion of the typically atmospheric, filmic title tune, ‘Closer To The
Moon’ is a unique listening experience and a career landmark. Not to
mention that it sports James’ first-ever lead vocal performance on ‘Closer To
You’ and the little matter of a Beethoven piana sonata.
On ‘Closer To The Moon,’ released on his own Real Self label, Taylor’s trusty
Hammond and the group’s ever-alluring horns are not content with delivering
a range of juicy new jazz flavours. Throughout the record, they’re also
conversing with a wild array of classical instrumentation, including celeste,
vibes, harp, zither, gong, glockenspiel, even tubular bells, many of them
custom-built for the bandleader.
“I’ve been into classical music for a long time,” says Taylor. “It must have the
fire to be really good, and when it does, it’s just amazing. You want it to
explode the same way you want a Charlie Parker solo to explode, and very
often it does.”

read more: official website

James Taylor: organ
Yvonne Yanney: vocals
Mark Cox: guitar
Andy McKinney: bass
Micheal Clowes: Drums

20/2/2014 – 24/2/2014

17 Trivonianou str,  Mets

feat. Yvonne Yanney (φωνητικά)
27 years of grooving

The funk master back in town!

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