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Tom Taylor is an internationally known guitarist/composer whose music is a hybrid of jazz, classical, rock and even a dash of blues and bluegrass. Tom is one of the winners of Musician Magazine's Best Unsigned Band contest. His winning entry from The Crossing, Aubade, is described as the hardest tune I ever had to record by mandolin virtuoso David Grisman. When Tom's full orchestral arrangement of Big Basin Breakdown (also from The Crossing) received its European premier, it brought down the house at the famed Hercules and Prinzregenten theatres in Munich, Germany. Its blend of bluegrass, jazz, and baroque melodies received a 5-minute standing ovation! ----------------------------------------------- the rare jazz-classical amalgam that really works - Ed Kopp, Allaboutjazz.com. straight 10's - Joe Satriani. Taylor's music is a hybrid with integrity - Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle. Perfect - Chris Paton, Musician Magazine. A tour de force of styles and feelings - Chris Spector, Midwest Record Recap. Boldly new mix of classical, jazz, rock and bluegrass. Adventurous - John Schoenberger, Album Network. luminous - Bill Milkowski, Acoustic Guitar Magazine. A virtuoso guitarist - Mark Arnest, Colorado Springs Gazette. ...an amazing piece - Christopher Wilkins, conductor of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, about Big Basin Breakdown. Tom you genius!- Peter Merrett, PBS 106-7 FM, Melbourne, Australia, about Home. The amazing Tom Taylor - Noel Black, KRCC 91.5 FM, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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The Crossing Tom Taylor By Ed Kopp - Tom Taylor's CD The Crossing, is a sophisticated fusion effort that should please fans of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Jean Luc Ponty and the Pat Metheny Group. Taylor is a guitarist and composer who blends classical styles with jazz and hints of bluegrass. Many similar attempts at fusing jazz with classical music have seemed pretentious, but The Crossing works on the strength of the leader's original compositions and his players' vituosity. The CD features Taylor's old band (guitar, vibes, bass, drums) along with some talented guests, including peerless mandolin picker Dave Grisman and the Kronos Quartet. Colorado native Taylor earned Musician Magazine's Best Unsigned Band Award of 1997 for the opening track here,Audade. This piece is a tricky but catchy creation with Grisman on mandolin, Taylor on classical and electric guitars, and Joe Caploe on vibes. The album's centerpiece is Big Basin Breakdown, a knee-slapping blend of baroque counterpoint, bluegrass and jazz. It features the Kronos Quartet, the unconventional string ensemble, and it's all the more compelling because it doesn't take itself too seriously. Other high points include Pasque March, a composition with a baroque feel that showcases some jazzy interplay -- sort of Vivaldi meets the Flecktones. Swamp Fox starts out like a pulsing Phillip Glass piece, but gives way to a twisting jazz-rock melody that creates a vaguely martial mood. I especially like the way the composer uses vibes and marimba to establish different tempos, an approach he shares with Frank Zappa. Equal credit goes to Joe Caploe, the man who actually plays the vibes and marimbas here. And Taylor is one guitarist who doesn't hog the spotlight -- violinist Erik Golub actually solos more often. Taylor's intricate music is the rare jazz-classical amalgam that really works. I'd like to hear more of the same, but I understand Taylor's been focusing on symphonic pieces of late. Maybe if The Crossing sells a few copies he'll revisit this format. Rating: *** 1/2 (out of ****) Tracks: Aubade; Pasque March; Swamp Fox; Big Basin Breakdown; D'Alien; Freerun; Greensleeves; The Crossing Players: Tom Taylor(Guitars); The Kronos Quartet (Strings); Ian Dogole (Percussion); Joe Weed (Mandolin, Cello, Mandocello); Eric Golub (Violin); David Grisman (Mandolin); Curt Moore(Percussion, Drums); Joe Caploe (Percussion, Marimbas, Vibraphone); Rick Steffens (Basses); Jon Ward (Bass); John Ward (Acoustic Bass) --Allaboutjazz.com

The Crossing Tom Taylor By Jim Santella - Remember the impact Mason Williams instrumental hit Classical Gas had on 1960s audiences? Elegant, early classical timbres mixed with the rock generation's beat, and produced something we all appreciated. Tom Taylor's tone poems come out of a 17th-century baroque style, but with electric bass, a drummer, guitars, and a natural sound from vibraharp. Without the motor, Joe Caploe's vibes has no lingering vibrato, a lighter, quicker sound, and considerable agility. The Crossing features several guests working with Taylor's quartet. Swamp Fox features Erik Golub's viola with a sweeping, storytelling adventure. It's light, but with a varied melody and an obvious sense of majesty that stems from the snare drum's crisp cadence. Golub, whose violin graces half the album, is featured with energetic melodies and some improvisation. Big Basin Breakdown begins with a two-minute introduction from the Kronos Quartet and evolves into an up-tempo foot-stomping bluegrass romp that features Golub and David Grisman. On several other pieces Taylor, Caloe, Rick Steffens and Curt Moore offer music suited for film; mood music that tells a story. Taylor stretches out with electric guitar on Freerun. Recommended, Taylor's album combines a classical tinge with natural folk idioms and an enjoyable modern day sensibility. Track Listing: Aubade; Pasque March; Swamp Fox; Big Basin Breakdown; D Alien; Freerun; Greensleeves; The Crossing. Collective Personnel: Tom Taylor- electric guitar, acoustic guitar; Joe Caploe- vibraphone, marimba, percussion; Rick Steffens- electric bass, acoustic bass; Curt Moore- drums, percussion; Ian Dogole- percussion; Erik Golub- violin, viola; David Grisman- mandolin; Jon Ward- acoustic bass guitar on The Crossing; Joe Weed- mandolin, mando-cello; Kronos Quartet- strings on Big Bash Breakdown and The Crossing. --Allaboutjazz.com

Tom Taylor The Crossing by Bill Milkowski - Walking bass lines, Baroque counterpoint, Celtic lilt, bluegrass licks, and rock backbeats converge on guitarist Tom Taylor's ambitious fusion of jazz, rock, classical, and world music. Such varied influences as Frank Zappa, Virgil Thomson, Al Di Meola, Steve Morse, and Bela Fleck can be heard in Taylor's writing. He blends electric and acoustic guitars with Joe Caploe's vibes on pieces like D'Alien, Freerun, and the title track and overdubs acoustic guitars into a luminous latticework pattern on a lovely rendition of Greensleeves. Mandolin virtuoso David Grisman guests on Aubade and Big Basin Breakdown, which also features the Kronos Quartet. --Acoustic Guitar Magazine
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 5, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: Membrane Music
  • ASIN: B000IFSL4E
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,279,554 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I've been following Mr Taylor's work for two decades, and I'm amazed how difficult it has been to find this important composer's work. His music is engaging on a viseral level, and though perhaps a bit challenging on first listen, I find his tunes hard to put out of mind. Like Monk, the first time you hear his stuff you say "well, that's another way music could sound" but then it grows on you. I find myself wondering why other composers aren't putting that much thought and effort into their work. I listen to Taylor's stuff on long car trips, and before you know it you're where you need to be. Bravo to you guys for picking him up.
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Tom Taylor has created a unique combination of classical, jazz and folk music in his CD "The Crossing". The music is meticulously conceived and orchestrated but also allows for improvisation by the players. "The Crossing" is a treat for listeners who are searching for something different. "Aubade" was selected as one of the winners in the Best Unsigned Band contest. Judges included Tori Amos, Vince Gill and Joe Satriani. Well conceived and well played!
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This first album by Tom Taylor is difficult to categorize, AND refreshingly vitalizing to the ears and mind. The music flows skillfully between jazz, classical, rock and occasionally bluegrass, and is interlaced with complex melodies and shifting time signatures. At times it has a ragged edge, other times a sensual cruise, and still others, a vibrant energy. This music won't stay in the background even if you turn it down low -- it teases your soul and draws you in.
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The Crossing, what can I say but its about time. Bravo Mr.Taylor for creating a collection of works that are dynamic, delightfuly rich, and wonderfully smooth. Sitting on my deck in the pines or driving in the car it is a pleasure to listen to a composer with your style and complexity. Keep it up can't wait for the next one!
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Tom Taylor has created a unique combination of classical, jazz and folk music in his CD "The Crossing". The music is meticulously conceived and orchestrated but also allows for improvisation by the players. "The Crossing" is a treat for listeners who are searching for something different. "Aubade" was selected as one of the winners in the Best Unsigned Band contest. Judges included Tori Amos, Vince Gill and Joe Satriani. Well conceived and well played!
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