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James Taylor Quartet

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Time: Thursday 7.30pm
Cost: £15.00 in Advance | £17.00 on the Door
James Taylor is the best Hammond player this side of the Atlantic
James of the all-time great Hammond players
Nicky Wire from the Manic Street Preachers, NME
Never less than an impressive demonstration of virtuosity
Andrew Mueller, Uncut
James Taylor keeps it swinging, fun and unpretentious
Andy Robson, Jazzwise
Taylor’s organ sound first sears the ears and then goes straight to the feet
Garry Booth, BBC Music Magazine
Taylor is one of our finest jazz organists… A musician who has forged his own
path… His playing is snappy and crisp…
David Lands, Jazz Journal
James Taylor, one of the great British instrumentalists of his generation, has
taken his trademark howling Hammond sound to the masses for over 25
years; still famed for its upbeat, energetic live shows… with no sign of slowing
down. The band’s relentlessly entertaining tunes take inspiration from the
rare-groove style funk, and boogaloo funk of the 60s and 70s and, the band
is, without a doubt, one of the most important jazz-pop crossover outfits in
British live musical history today.
After the collapse of mod legends The Prisoners in the 1980s, and before
moving to Sweden, James recorded some demos with brother David on
guitar, the bass player from The Prisoners, and a drummer from down the
road… and thus The James Taylor Quartet was born. From tiny acorns mighty
oaks do indeed grow, and it wasn’t long before the first single, Blow Up, had
been released, the band were in the studio rehearsing for the Mission
Impossible EP, gigs were booked, and the late great John Peel was offering a
Skip forward 25 years and JTQ has evolved into one of the most exciting and
well respected touring bands in the UK. With numerous albums to its name,
the band’s recorded output is not to be scoffed at. ‘Prolific’ is an
understatement, with albums touching genres as diverse as jazz, funk, soul,
rock, and even rap, not to mention a handful of library albums in between.
Each album is an absolute must for any Hammond fan: James’ playing
providing a solid and accomplished lead as always. Live, the band is
explosive, with a breathtaking, diverse unmatched back catalogue.
JTQ’s fired-up signature tune, The Theme from Starsky and Hutch, cemented
its reputation as master of the jazz-funk-r’n’b workout; 60s spy themes,
psychedelic and free-form jazz all added something to the band’s distinctive
sound. Originally playing the Hammond B3 organ in the UK mod revival band
The Prisoners, James Taylor formed his own quartet, and began playing
music similar to the rare-groove jazz-funk then in vogue around London. By
the early 90s, that movement had spawned acid jazz, and JTQ found itself at
the forefront of a vibrant young club scene. The first single, Blow-Up, was
released on the Re Elect The President label, a precursor to Acid Jazz. The
band’s debut album, Mission Impossible, was released the following year,
predominantly consisting of covers of 60s film themes such as Alfie, Mrs
Robinson and Goldfinger. In the early 1990s, the single Love The Life
reached the Top 40, and the accompanying album, Supernatural Feeling,
settled in the Top 30 UK charts. After releases on Polydor and Big Life
Records, JTQ returned to Acid Jazz, and In The Hand of The Inevitable
remains the label’s biggest selling album to date.
In 1997 James had the chance to fulfil a dream when he was asked to score
the theme tune to Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, the spy spoof
starring Mike Myers and Elizabeth Hurley. JTQ’s Whole Lotta Live album was
nominated for a MOBO award in 1998, and the following year James featured
on Tom Jones’ duets album, Reload. James’ musical talent has been admired
by numerous other acts: The Wonderstuff, Manic Street Preachers, The
Pogues and U2 have all featured James and his distinctive Hammond sound
on their albums.

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