与葛莱培里的合作，对马丁泰勒而言，无疑是一个很重要的课程，这使得他开始去研习当年葛莱培里的好伙伴Django Reinhardt的经典曲目，如Minor Swing、 Nuages等等。从早先的三重奏搭档的美国爵士，慢慢走到现在，我们可以听见泰勒的转变，就像在此他所显露出的法国爵士风味，更多的浪漫和天真的开朗性格，彷彿在声音中，我们走进巴黎某个街脚的小小咖啡馆，享受著无拘无束的午后片刻休憩。
在眾多爵士吉他手中，马丁泰勒无疑是最具代表性的人物。他的唱片受到乐评一致推崇，也获得多项大奖，其大师地位早已获得肯定。在这张94年专辑，马丁选择多首一代巨匠Djnago Reinhart的经典曲目，如Minor Swing,Nuages等。整张唱片发浓浓的法国风味，听著这张CD，我们也彷彿置身於巴黎的咖啡小馆，享受无拘无束的午后时光。在轻鬆愉快的乐曲中，马丁泰勒一样充分展现其惊人的即兴绝技，和其他乐手间不容髮的搭配也著实令人激赏。
Martin Taylor – acoustic guitar
John Goldie – acoustic rhythm guitar
Dave O’higgins – tenor & soprano saxophone
Alec dankworth – acoustic bass guitar & cabasa
Jack Emblow – accordion
James Taylor – snare drum
Release Date 1994
Styles Bop Cool Guitar Jazz Jazz Instrument
Review by Alex Henderson
In the 1990s, jazz tribute albums could be incredibly predictable, with young tenor saxophonists paying tribute to John Coltrane by emulating his tone and playing his best-known songs exactly like he played them, or young trumpeters saluting Miles Davis by trying to sound like a carbon copy of him on yet another version of "So What" or "Solar." Spirit of Django is Martin Taylor's tribute to fellow guitarist Django Reinhardt, and thankfully, this is one tribute album that's interesting and unpredictable instead of cliché-ridden. Though Taylor's love of Reinhardt's legacy is evident throughout the album, the guitarist never sounds like an outright clone. His individuality comes through on Reinhardt pieces (including "Nuages" and "Minor Swing"), as well as Fats Waller's "Honeysuckle Rose" and the standards "Night and Day" and "Lady Be Good." To his credit, Taylor makes some unlikely choices. Pat Metheny's "James," for example, isn't something you'd expect to hear on a Reinhardt tribute, yet Taylor's interpretation fits in perfectly. This excellent CD is highly recommended to admirers of both Taylor and Reinhardt.
Martin Taylor – Spirit Of Django
Label:Linn Records – AKD 030
Genre:Folk, World, & Country, Jazz
Style:Smooth Jazz, Easy Listening
Accordion – Jack Emblow
Acoustic Guitar – John Goldie, Martin Taylor
Bass Guitar – Alec Dankworth
Cabasa – Alec Dankworth
Drum – James Taylor (11)
Saxophone – Dave O'Higgins
Spirit of Django by Martin Taylor
throughout the history of the medium only a small handful of jazz guitarists have possessed the technique and unerring musical sense required to create exciting and complete music without the aid of a rhythm section. Martin's solo work like Art Tatum's solo piano is unsurpassed. He is one of the true giants of jazz guitar...a unique voice." DAVID HUNGATE - PRODUCER Born in 1956 it was just four years later that Martin Taylor was given his first guitar by his jazz musician father Buck Taylor. Although inspired initially by the gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt it was to be piano players most notably Art Tatum that caught his imagination and set him on the path of developing his own individual style of solo guitar playing.
Leaving school at fifteen he left the British Isles bound for New York playing on the cruise liner Queen Elizabeth II and spending the next two years working in the Caribbean. His rapidly developing musicianship soon won him many admirers and in 1978 he made his debut album "Taylor Made". The following year he received a call from Stephane Grappelli inviting him to play in a series of concerts in France. The great jazz violinist was so impressed that he asked him to join him on a coast to coast tour of the US including New York's Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. It was the beginning of an eleven year collaboration which took in numerous world tours and over 20 albums Peggy Lee Yehudi Menuhin Nelson Riddle and the soundtrack for the Louis Malle movie "Milou en Mai".
Alongside his work with Grappelli he was still pursuing his solo career receiving wide critical acclaim for his album "Sarabanda"
recorded in Los Angeles in 1987 and featuring bassist John Patitucci Brazilian percussionist Paulinho Da Costa and produced by Toto bassist David Hungate. In 1990 Taylor made his first album for Linn Records "Don't Fret" and decided to concentrate completely on his solo career. His second album "Change of Heart" soon followed and in 1993 he made his critically acclaimed solo album "Artistry" which topped the UK Jazz Charts for six weeks. In the same year Grappelli
and Taylor briefly joined forces again to make a duo album "Reunion" for Linn and were the subject of a BBC TV documentary. British audiences will be familiar with his next Linn recording "Spirit of Django" through his version on Robert Palmer's "Johnny and Mary"
which was used for the famous "Nicole - Papa!" TV commercial for the Renault Clio. "Portraits" his sixth album for Linn Records was recorded in Nashville Hamburg and Scotland and although primarily a solo album it has been an opportunity for Martin to work once again with two old friends David Hungate and the legendary guitar picker Chet Atkins.
"Years Apart" another outing for the Spirit of Django band was released in 1996 to critical acclaim and public popularity. It also won the BT British Jazz Awards in two categories : Best Guitar and Best Small Group.
As a much sought after concert performer Martin Taylor spends much of his time touring the world - Europe America the Far East and Australia are all regular destinations. When not touring he lives on a farm in Scotland where he writes music for TV and film.
On Saturday June 15th 2002 Martin was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire. The MBE awarded to Taylor by Her Majesty The Queen for his services to jazz will be presented to him at Buckingham Palace later this year. "I'm completely amazed and absolutely thrilled" commented Taylor. "It really is an honour to be recognised in this way for doing what I love doing best - music has been my life's inspiration and I couldn't imagine ever doing anything else. It's brilliant!"
01. Chez Fernand 5:00
02. Minor Swing 5:31
03. Night And Day 6:35
04. Nuages 4:42
05. James 4:57
06. Double Top 5:45
07. Django's Dream 5:13
08. Swing 5:37
09. Lady Be Good 5:11
10. Honeysuckle Rose 6:25
11. Johnny And Mary 5:04