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Taylor's Universe

Release Year: 2013

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Released by Marvel of Beauty Records in November, 2013
Added To Proggnosis Database on: 11/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 11/8/2013 10:16:00 AM by:
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Robin Taylor
guitars, keyboards, bass, flute, percussion

Karsten Vogel
sax, clarinet

Claus Bøhling

Thomas Thor Viderø Ulstrup

Klaus Thrane

Louise Nipper: voice

Reviewed by Marc on 13 Nov 2013

Robin Taylor is certainly a prolific and eclectic musician/composer. Evidence is the second album in 2013 under the Taylor's Universe name, and Robin Taylor has been at the helm for just about 15 albums in the last 6 or 7 years, about half of them being Taylor's Universe CDs. Prolific you say?

I reviewed Taylor's Universe previous album...Worn Out, a record I found to be pretty much "Jazz/ Experimental" in style, sometimes reminding me of works by Miles Davis (Bitches Brew) or Jan Garbarek. A very good album indeed.

Even though, Evidence comes out just a few months after Worn Out, it's clearly not extra music from the same recording session. Firstly there has been a partial personnel change in the band, and the musical style and sound of this album are very much different from it's predecessor. Now we get a mostly instrumental album, very much in the Prog Rock genre. If I were to name a famous band as an acceptable reference it would be Pink Floyd. Although, in fact, an album that does come to my mind while listening to Evidence is the great CD from 2013... The Trip by Djam Karet. Both CDs offer about 45 minutes of excellent instrumental Prog, with a hint of Pink Floyd in it. Also, in both cases, we get very creative, always interesting and greatly performed music.

Often I hear people my age say "you just can't find good music like that anymore", refering to bands like Pink Floyd or Genesis. Well you can indeed. Taylor's Universe is one of these bands and Evidence is a great way to get to know them. If you like what you hear, don't forget to check their back catalogue... Worn Out being another obvious good choice.