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Taylor's Universe

a Studio release
Taylor's Universe

Release Year: 1994

Date Label Catalog # Comments
Right Tone (RIGHTCD 018)
Added To Proggnosis Database on: 2/24/2007 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 9/24/2011 11:11:00 PM by: Rob
  1. Entering Universe (1:58)
  2. Emmadusa (3:12)
  3. Strange Meetings (6:43)
  4. Secret Wedding (3:49)
  5. Hearning Noises, Imagining Things (5:55)
  6. Pfiffer's Head (Pulling Iron (1:51)
  7. Saturday Night (4:50)
  8. Trick Or Treat( 6:03)
  9. Joie de Vivre (2:57)
  10. Flemming Junker / Junker's Slaughtershouse (2:50)
  11. Mr. Garlic (4:37)
  12. Jeff's Office (5:48)
  13. Meetings (5:13)
  14. Feel (1:11)
Robin Taylor
electric & acoustic guitars, bass, percussion, tapes, keys, glockenspiel
Jan Marsfeldt
Keys & Key Bass, electric guitars, percussion, glockenspiel
Mads Hansen
drums, percussion
    Hugh Steinmetz
    Henning Plannthin
    electric guitar
    Jakob Mygind
    soprano & tenor saxophones
    Henrik Andersensynth guitar, electric guitar

Reviewed by MichelF on 14 Jul 2008

With Taylor's Universe eponymous album I have reached backward in time to the first effort of this great fusion band. It is the premier and certainly most joyous and up-beat musical opus for this band. Robin Taylor has composed most of the tracks and this is definitely the jazziest one.

Entering Universe is an up-beat and very good jazz fusion short pieces. I find in it what I like most about Taylor's compositions. Emmadusa continues in that direction with a certain Weather Report feel, I love the trumpet on it and the bizarre guitar. Strange Meeting is a track with many faces and passages sounding like the music of comedia del arte mix with free jazz. Secret Wedding sounds like a horror movie film score, just before the monster shows itself. Since the title of the track talks about a secret wedding, maybe it's the union of the beauty and the beast? Maybe something else too alien to talk about!

Hearing Noises, Imagining Things with the humour of Robin Taylor, we could imagine very weird things with the noises he proposes. The atmosphere here is strange indeed. The trumpet solo is a proof of that when mix with the guitar. This piece is more prog sounding than the rest of the CD. Pfiffer's Head (Pulling Iron) is the brain like a muscle? Anyway, here we are at a fair. Saturday Night returns to a more straightforward jazz composition with great sax and a good guitar solo, perhaps my favorite tracks of the album. Trick or Treat gee it's Halloween! It reminds me of the cool jazz era with a strange twist. Furthermore, it evolves on the fusion side of things. It is another very interesting jazz tune. Joie de vivre seems to me anything but joie de vivre, very disturbing and austere! Flemming Junker/Slaughterhouse has a funky beginning wrap in some weird jazz clothes. Mr. Garlic does he had bad breath? However, he is a real jazzy guy. Jeff's Office is jazzy, but with the screechy guitar, it is not a pleasing listen. Meeting has an experimental feel, it is another challenging listen definitely not on the melodic side, but near the shore of free jazz; a very original mix bag. Feel closes on the experimental side of things.

I recommend it to all fans of jazz fusion and creative music.