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  • Audio CD (May 17, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Abstract Logix
  • ASIN: B004RQ3F0A
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517,000 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Seemingly from out of nowhere, New York-based guitarist-composer Chris Taylor has emerged after nearly 30 years on the scene with a brilliant, fully-realized first album as a leader. And though it's been a long time in coming, Nocturnal may be the most auspicious debut of the year.

Reflecting the influences of such potent bands and composers as Weather Report, Pat Metheny, Tribal Tech and the Zawinul Syndicate, as well as such guitaristic icons as John Scofield, Bill Frisell and Allan Holdsworth . Taylor's compelling album also stakes out strikingly original territory. From cinematic offerings like Voices In My Head, the atmospheric All of Us and the dreamy soundscape Recluse to super-charged jams like Ear to the Rail, Know What I'm Saying, Odd Hours and the anthemic Here to There, Nocturnal resonates with audacious energy and ideas. Taylor is ably supported on his maiden voyage by a stellar crew featuring drummers Gary Novak, Dave Weckl, Joel Rosenblatt and Kirk Covington, keyboardists George Whitty and Scott Kinsey, bassists Ric Fierabracci and Gary Haase, and saxophonist Steve Tavaglione.

A triumph from start to finish, Nocturnal is an impressive introduction to this new 50-year-old face on the creative instrumental music scene.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By inner exile on July 3, 2011
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considering he comes forth with the present polished debut album at the age of 50. In a sense, this project can be viewed 'East Coast meets West Coast', since the guitarist-composer as a resident of New York has collaborated with LA-based fusionists mostly. It's also good to see some of the musicians whom I really dug in the '90s back on board: reedman Steve Tavaglione (featured here on soprano, alto, tenor saxes; bass clarinet and ewi - #1, 4-5, 7-10), keyboardist George Whitty (#1, 5, 7, 9; I had the pleasure of being at a concert where he was playing w/ the Brecker Bros.), and drummer Gary Novak (saw him performing live in Chick Corea Elektric Band II, Bob Berg Quartet, Scott Kinsey's Human Element).
This set is a collection of through-composed, brainy and tight jazz fusion tracks, impeccably executed and manoeuvred through the waves of intricate unison lines and challenging rhythmic arrangements -- in its overall impact this album is lot more than just a cross between Weather Report and Tribal Tech, something that certain critics hint at. No need to be surprised at the mild dosage of electronic programming and voice samples from various contexts, which altogether enrich the texture and add to expressivity. Special attention should be paid to the tastefully energized fretless bass guitar and drum interaction, courtesy of Ric Fierabracci (#1, 3-7, 9-10) and Gary Novak (#1, 4, 7), in addition to one Joel Rosenblatt (#3, 5), Dave Weckl's fine contribution (#9) and Kirk Covington's primordial beats on the concluding #10 song, et al.

The densely-packed opener #1 'voices in my head' sets the tone for what is to come, and is followed by the edgy and hectic #2 'ear to the rail'. Intense hard-hitters include: #4 'you know what i'm saying?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Biff Johnson on July 15, 2011
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Wow,what a wonderful musical journey.This is a very important release of modern electric ensemble music.Chris's music is very developed and the players show up and bring it to life.This is not the usual play a melody then everybody gets a solo date.This is a band interacting to create a whole rich harmonic sound.Great loops abound everywhere also.Get your ear to the rail!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Mcguire on March 14, 2013
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Chris Taylor is an incredible, tremendously under-recognized guitarist. His ideas are profound, and his technique is flawless. There is great diversity on his debut album; for my ears, it plays as much like isolated portions of a movie soundtrack as it does a progressive album. But make no mistake: these are all exquisite gems. This album is loaded with great musicians and great music. It begs for repeated listenings, for which I only too happy to yield. Highly recommended!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By joe on March 2, 2013
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I LOVE THIS CD, THIS IS WHAT THE MODERN JAZZ SHOULD SOUND LIKE, IT'S A FANTASTIC PRODUCTION, TOP MUSICIANS, MUSIC TO MY EARS, I NEW,MODERN JAZZ,I ALSO RECOMMEND YOU TO LISTEN TO TONY GREY, I WISH THERE WERE MORE ARTISTS LIKE THEM
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