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Once Again (with Karsten Vogel)

a Studio release
Taylor's Universe

Release Year: 2004

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Added To Proggnosis Database on: 2/20/2008 12:00:00 AM
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  1. Groop (4:53)
  2. Oyster Jungle (4:19)
  3. Bellahoy (2:44)
  4. Conference at the Bird Mountain (9:45)
  5. Way Back in 1985 (5:58)
  6. Suspect Terrain (4:27)
  7. Lazy B (8:43)
Karsten Vogel
Robin Taylor
miscellaneous instruments and electronics
Mads Hansen
Kim Menzer
Pierre Tassone
Rasmus Grosell
Kalle Mathiesen
Louise Nipper

Reviewed by MichelF on 25 Mar 2008

Once Again by Taylor's Universe with Karsten Vogel has deeply impressed me by the quality of its musicianship. The density of the music is incredible. To my ear it is a superb blend of Weather Report, Soft Machine and Frank Zappa in his jazz period. Of course Robin Taylor offers us a unique and original soundscape. The presence of Karsten Vogel gives width and subtlety to this very enjoyable CD. The more I listen to it, the more I like it. For me, it is jazz fusion at its best. All compositions are by Taylor except “Oyster Jungle” by Vogel.

“Groop” with its didgeridoo and radio beginning is an apt introduction to this project. The violin dialogue with the didgeridoo is very interesting. I heard sunshine in this piece; the sax in the end is simply superb. “Oyster Jungle” is a fun jazz groove in the best fusion tradition. The sax is the backbone here. “Bellahoy” is the shortest piece of the CD, it creates a strange ambiance with its slow rhythm, it contains a brief free jazz passage. “Conference at Bird Mountain” is the «pièce de résistance» and is very upbeat in tone. The kind of tune you smile to when hearing it. It is the track that reminds me the most of Weather Report, but only in the beginning. It evolves nicely and near the middle, the voice of the soprano sax conducts us to a great finish. “Way Back in ‘85” has a more nostalgic feel, like remembering something a little sad. The piano conveys that really well. It is one of the best pieces of this CD in my view. Certain passages remind me of Zappa (Grand Wazoo); all in all a superb track. “Suspect Terrain” begins with Mads Hansen percussions and continues with an original jazz groove. “Lazy B” seems a fascinating but strange woman. It is a near blues/rock tune, the sax adding a jazzy/blues spicing. It is slow and permits interesting solos. It is another strong piece.

This CD is a must for all jazz fusion amateur. I recommended it strongly. It is in my view excellent.