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Kiss & Tell

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With Kiss and Tell, Englishman Martin Taylor once again proves that musicians steeped in the long tradition of jazz make the best contemporary jazz records. Taylor, who cut his chops with the legendary violinist Stephane Grappelli, matches the high production values on this album with considerable technical prowess. The very clean recording, in fact, flaunts the various forms and grooves of modern jazz music that interest this veteran six-stringer. The title track is laden with smooth jazz grooves and features saxophonist Kirk Whalum, as does Taylor's rousing reworking of the 1970s classic "Midnight at the Oasis." Solo and duet performances of standards surround trumpeter Randy Brecker's turn on "Midnight Voyage," a tune first recorded by the composer's brother, Michael. There are highlights on nearly every one of the 12 tracks on Kiss and Tell, including the hippest arrangements you'll ever hear of the Hawaii Five-O and Odd Couple television themes and a sumptuous Brazilian number, "Garden of Dreams," that features trombonist and vocalist Jay Ashby. Presenting many shades of the contemporary jazz rainbow has led to a lack of continuity on other occasions, but here it works because of Taylor's singularity of style. The work of the virtuoso shines through all the colors he's laid out on this striking musical palette. --Mark Ruffin

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Kiss And Tell
  2. You've Changed
  3. The Odd Couple
  4. Garden Of Dreams
  5. What A Friend We Have In Jesus
  6. Midnight At The Oasis
  7. Mona Lisa
  8. Five-O
  9. Sun Step
  10. Ginger
  11. Midnight Vogage
  12. The Nearness Of You
  13. Bonus Track 1


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 30, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: May 30, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00004TH81
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,059 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By S. Guernsey on April 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is a fine smooth-jazz type recording. Taylor is a brilliant artist and anything he does is beautiful. BUT - my heart lies with his amazing solo, chord-melody work. In particular, the 1992 recording "Artistry" (produced by Steve Howe of Yes fame). "Artistry" is astonishing, often sounding like two great jazzers playing together. You can't blame him for looking to make some bucks off the American smooth jazz fan base, but for my money, give me the one man with the ten fingers that sound like twenty. He's arguably the best there is.
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When I saw the lineup and noticed the change of label, warning bells rang. Though I suspected this would be a different take on the Taylor I knew from Linn Records, I put the CD on with an open mind. If you can put prejudices aside and jugde this album on its own merits, you could not help but enjoy it. The players are top drawer and, while it is not quite as obvious a showcase for Taylor's phenomenal technique, he proves that smooth jazz is a hat that fits as comfortably as mainstream.
Notable contributions include Jay Ashby's superb vocal doublings ('Garden of Dreams' and 'Sunstep'), Whalum's distictive sax, George Garzone's too-brief appearance, tasteful and so-in-tune, (as well as some subtly added strings), on 'You've Changed'. And there's a bonus track to boot! Who could ask for anything more? While I'm certain that some purists would be dismayed at Taylor's change in direction, I don't blame him for testing the smooth jazz water. Just so long as he doesn't forget he still has a mainstream fanclub.
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The smooth jazz elements didn't grab me at first but I kept on listening because I have admired Martin in the past. I'm sure glad I did. This is a wonderful album with great playing. This guy blows me away.
I thought The Odd Couple and Five O would be hokey. Wrong. Both include some awesome solos and really fulfill.
Each song on further listening reveals great treasures. Some of it is a little commercial for me. But the package as a whole is special. Enjoy
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When I saw the lineup and noticed the change of label, warning bells rang. Though I suspected this would be a different take on the Taylor I knew from Linn Records, I put the CD on with an open mind. If you can put prejudices aside and jugde this album on its own merits, you could not help but enjoy it. The players are top drawer and, while it is not quite as obvious a showcase for Taylor's phenomenal technique, he proves that smooth jazz is a hat that fits as comfortably as mainstream.
Notable contributions include Jay Ashby's superb vocal doublings ('Garden of Dreams' and 'Sunstep'), Whalum's distictive sax, George Garzone's too-brief appearance, tasteful and so-in-tune, (as well as some subtly added strings), on 'You've Changed'. And there's a bonus track to boot! Who could ask for anything more? While I'm certain that some purists would be dismayed at Taylor's change in direction, I don't blame him for testing the smooth jazz water. Just so long as he doesn't forget he still has a mainstream fanclub.
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