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Album Review

Paul Taylor, the sexy saxman of smooth/urban jazz, is back with his fifth solo recording titled Steppin' Out, his second outing on the Peak Records label. Ripe with old-school moods and pop-oriented flavors, Taylor's accompanists bring out the best of his smooth sax work on soprano and alto, his sax harmonies, and his vocoder on three tracks. Produced by Rex Rideout and Barry J. Eastmond, two of smooth/urban jazz's most acclaimed producers, the set jumps off with the radio-friendly single "On the Move," which immediately sets the tone for the remainder of the all-star project. The lovely, reassuring vocals of Sharon Youngblood are both soothing and captivating on "Someone Watching Over You." She provides an excellent foil for the beautiful soprano sax voice of Taylor, who provides delicate background complements. On "Enchanted Garden," Taylor plays a highly imaginative soprano sax and vocoder and captures the listener's imagination with fragrant flourishes and delicate lines. The smooth program is interspersed with a soulful urban bebop-style composition called "Speakeasy" and ends with a bonus track titled "Get Up." And that's exactly what you'll want to do to express your gratitude for this marvelous set.

Customer Reviews

Good stuff here

I agree with saxgirl09. This is definately his best album. I really like the moods he sets here and the beats are too too smooth. You will definately be doin some head boppin with this one Easy

Two thumbs way up!

Out of all of Paul's albums, I would have to say that this is my favorite. I cannot find a single song on here that I do not like. Being a young jazz saxtress myself, I am able to appreciate the different flavors that he adds to this album. It inspires me to play as well. Paul Taylor is without a doubt the best jazz musician of today.


This is one of the best smooth jazz albums I've heard since Boney James. Perfect for romantic nights.


Born: 1972 in Denver, CO

Genre: Spoken Word

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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