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Album Review

Fans of Stevie Ray Vaughan will notice the title of this disc is that of a Vaughan song. Indeed, three selections from his songbook are covered here: "Too Sorry," "Telephone Song," and the title track. The impressive Melvin Taylor is an electric blues guitarist who will appeal to the fans of the legendary Texan for his skilled and precise playing along with his smooth and expressive vocals. Taylor definitely continues the Chicago blues tradition that begot Luther Allison, Buddy Guy, and Otis Rush. Taylor gives his version of Rush's "Right Place, Wrong Time" on this collection of nine covers. His lineup here is a trio — a reliable bass and drum rhythm section keeps up a steady bottom end, showcasing his ability to handle all vocals and guitar parts. Every track here is rife in the easy genius that marks a true master of the blues craft.

Customer Reviews

Blistering Guitar With Soul

The guitar shines like a polished motorcycle ready to impress spectators on a Saturday morning. Taylor's guitar is smooth with his jazzy technique and the tone is so perfect. His vocals fit the style so well. What a great combination for blues guitar. The trio is solid and funky/soulful. This is a master at work showing the rest of us what it means to be a craftsman. Playing SRV material is not easy to do. Critics will nail you to the wall for flaws. Melvin has taken the step beyond copying material and has given it his own spin. Truly what the blues and jazz are all about. The material is strong on it's own as a result. Excellent.

He's The Man

I've seen plenty of good guitar players before.....BB King, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Eric Johnson, Johnny Lang...and Melvin Taylor is definitely in that class of player.... I saw him play live in New York and he was doing things I've never seen anyone else do... He truly is an amazing Blues guitar player.

I love Melvin Taylor

I used to see him play over at Rosa's Lounge in Chicago - Tuesday nights were his night. He was so awesome! Whenever I'd have friends come visit me from out town I'd typically suggest we see his show for an authentic Chicago Blues experience versus going downtown Chicago for "touristy" blues. Plus he is so cute! When are you playing at Rosa's again Melvin?!


Born: March 13, 1959 in Jackson, MS

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Chicago-based guitarist Melvin Taylor is a star in Europe, but it may take some time for U.S. audiences to catch on to just how phenomenally talented a bluesman he is. Part of the problem for Taylor may be his own natural eclecticism. He's equally adept playing jazz or blues, but in the last few years, he's forged a name for himself as a blues guitarist with a slew of releases for Evidence Music. Taylor may well be the most talented new guitarist to come along since Stevie Ray Vaughan. Taylor was...
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