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Hypnotic

Paul Taylor

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Album Review

On his fourth album, Paul Taylor calls upon five different producers: Dino Esposito, Kurt Jackson, Mathew Edralin, Jeff Lorber, and Oji Pierce. The function of these musicians for the most part is to create largely synthesized backgrounds for the soprano saxophonist to solo over in his familiar, melodic manner. Esposito handles the title song and "Flight 808," the first two tracks; Jackson does "PT Cruiser" (with Edralin) and "Sunshine" (on which he sings some bland romantic lyrics); Lorber is responsible for "Tuesday Afternoon," "Pendulum," "Come Over," "Free Fall," and "Palisades"; and Pierce is behind the board for "Dream State" and "Summer Park." Real guitars and percussion are included in the mix here and there, but the sound of the background music remains relatively anonymous, its purpose to provide a rhythmic underpinning and a little color. What matters is the saxophone, or rather the sax harmonies and sax arrangements for which Taylor credits himself on each track, which means that he frequently overdubs saxophone parts to create unison effects. His style is virtually indistinguishable from that of Kenny G, George Howard, or other less-well-known soprano sax practitioners, and the compositions, which usually fade out after four-plus minutes without reaching any climaxes or coming to any real conclusions, are just settings for his melodic musings. It's all pleasant enough, and any track will fit unobtrusively into a smooth jazz radio format, but there's nothing memorable here.

Customer Reviews

Very Good CD

The best song on the CD is Hypnotic.

Paul Taylor's work is exceptional.

In the smooth jazz realm, there are very few artists that have found a voice that is completely unique. Two of the most obvious being Paul Taylor and Marion Meadows. Paul Taylor's tone has remained untouched by any other artist throughout his entire career. Being an aspiring musician myself, I find it truly motivating to hear a sound that is "different" and grabs my attention when listening to the radio. I first heard PT's hit "Nightlife." I would definitely recommend purchasing the "Nightlife" album. As PT has grown and become seasoned as a musician, his skill and sound have improved tremendously. I would also recommend purchasing this album for a bit more diversity in your smooth jazz library. Also I find it completely unacceptable to trash a musician’s work just because you don't understand it. I have spoken to PT myself, and he is such a great guy. Flat out calling him a "sleep" seems a bit pretentious. If music puts you to sleep, based on your own tastes, that's fine. But don't insult an artist’s works at the expense of the artist’s career. That's completely unfair.

Hypnotic

Who Ever Doe's Your Review's Needs To Listen To The Same Music I Listen To PAUL TAYLOR'S Music Is Outstanding Just Give It A Real Musical Ear & Listen.

Biography

Born: 1972 in Denver, CO

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Paul Taylor grew up in Denver, where he took up the saxophone at the age of seven. He played in school bands, and in high school joined a Top 40 band called Mixed Company. Jazz keyboardist Keiko Matsui and her husband, producer Kazu Matsui, discovered him playing at the Catalina Island Jazz Festival and hired him to play in their band. He spent two years with them, and then Kazu Matsui produced his 1995 debut album, On the Horn, which reached the jazz charts and spawned a radio hit in "Til We Meet...
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