自从爵士吉他大师Joe Pass在90年代过世之后，英国籍乐手Martin Taylor便成为了爵士乐界最被寄与厚望的吉他手之一。四岁开始玩吉他的Martin Taylor，12岁便开始参与父亲的爵士乐团演出，之后更以16岁的惊人稚龄成为Count Basie乐团巡迴演出中的一员，开始崭露头角。从80年代起，不论是与长期合作伙伴法籍小提琴家Stephane Grappelli合作的专辑，或是自己担纲演出的录音如《Artistry》、《Spirit Of Django》等，都获得了全球广大乐迷的热爱，称霸于各国爵士榜曆久不衰，2000年马汀泰勒发行了他个人首张专辑《Kiss And Tell》大受好评。而史提夫浩威为1968年成军于伦敦前卫摇滚最具代表性的乐团”Yes”第二任吉他手，也是将YES推向国际知名摇滚大团的功臣之一。
这二位音乐界一致推荐讚扬的吉他高手齐聚一堂，录制这张名为《Masterpiece Guitar》的专辑，而这张专辑的主角可是这些大有来头的吉他，起源自1993年Steve Howe认识了美国富豪Scott Chinery，Scott是位疯狂的吉他收藏家，他一直希望可以利用他收藏的这些价值亿万的吉他发行一张专辑做纪念，所以Steve找来了Martin来一起参与这项伟大的音乐功程。 17首单曲，一共有60把名声显赫的吉他，包括D'Angelico、Strombergs、Gibsons及Larson..等名牌吉他极品一起献声。而二位吉他高手的默契及演奏实力更是不容忽略的。专辑中第一首曲子由Steve及Martin联合创作的”Two Teadrops”(即用二把D'Angelico Teardrop所演奏)，而”Blue Bossa”更动用了17把吉他来演奏。除了一些经典名曲，如”Moon River”、”Somewhere”、”Smile”等，更有多首Martin及Steve的创作曲，这是一张喜爱吉他独奏的乐迷不可错过的重要专辑！
演奏者： Steve Howe and Martin Taylor
发行时间：March 3, 2003
马汀泰勒及史提夫浩威 / 经典吉他 Martin Taylor＆Steve Howe / Masterpiece Guitars
高价版 / CD / 1 片装 / 60分30秒
Review by Ken Dryden
Jazz guitarist Martin Taylor and rock guitarist Steve Howe would seem an unlikely pair to make a CD together, but they had an opportunity, thanks to the generosity of a fan with a wide-ranging collection of vintage collectable guitars. In 1996, the two guitarists gathered over the course of several sessions and chose various instruments, often using several within one track via overdubbing. The two guitarists play together on just five of the 17 tracks, with Taylor playing ten solos and Howe two. Taylor's unusual setting of Kenny Dorham's "Blue Bossa" incorporates one guitar for rhythm, while he switches off among 18 other instruments for the solo. His setting of "All the Things You Are" adds a surprising lyrical introduction, while the arrangement contrasts with the typically over the top bop recordings. Howe's spacious "Tailpiece" suggests a lonely journey in the desert. Taylor also penned several originals, including the tasty bossa nova "Cherokee Ridge." Among the duo features, the enchanting, understated interpretation of "Smile" has a special appeal. This session will be of special interest to guitarists, though anyone familiar with either Martin Taylor or Steve Howe ought to investigate this enjoyable CD.
马丁‧泰勒(Martin Taylor)是英国历史上最出色的国宝级爵士乐结他演奏家,他的魔幻式演奏技巧使人心悦诚服,亦得到不少国际知名的专业音乐人所佩服和拥戴,当中包括美国爵士乐结他巨擘梅菲尼(Pat Metheny)及法国爵士乐小提琴家格拉佩利(Stephane Grappelli),他们皆推许泰勒为目前的结他独奏不可取代的人物。
在过往的40年, 泰勒凭其出眾的音乐天赋与演奏技巧,足迹踏遍五大洲的演出舞台,获得潮涌般的好评,曾与他合作过的著名音乐人无数,最具代表性包括格拉佩利(Stephane Grappelli)、结他圣手阿特金斯(Chet Atkins)、低音结他天王怀曼(Bill Wyman)、披头四成员哈里森(George Harrison)、著名流行歌星沃纬克(Dionne Warwick)、男中音特菲尔(Byrn Terfel)和知名爵士乐唱作人古尔伦(Jamie Cullum)等。因为泰勒在音乐出色的表现和无穷的贡献,使他获得不少国际音乐奖项包括於2002年获封为MBE勋衔及2007英国广播电台第2台颁授爵士乐界终身成就奖。
专辑【Masterpiece Guitars(结他名作)】是泰勒与英国著名摇滚乐队“Yes”的结他手豪尔(Steve Howe)的首次合作,这对南辕北辙的结他组合竟然制作出使人难以想像的音乐效果。事实上豪尔除了醉心於摇滚结他演奏外,他亦非常钟爱西班牙的弗拉曼歌(flamenco)及狂热年代(ragetime)的结他演奏,他与泰勒按每首歌曲的特性挑选了不同但皆具珍藏值的结他演奏这些歌曲,两位大师高超的技巧配合极级品种的结他,使你感受到「此曲只应天上有,人间难得几回听」的美妙乐韵。精彩歌曲包括
【All The Things You Are(你的一切)】、
Published: January 4, 2005
Steve Howe & Martin Taylor: Masterpiece Guitars Truly a guitarist's guitar recording, Masterpiece Guitars is a showcase for the vintage guitar collection of curator and collector Scott Chinery, brought to life by the duo of formidable British acoustic guitarist Martin Taylor and Yes lead guitarist Steve Howe.
While you might be expecting to hear an acoustic version of "Roundabout" or "Starship Trooper" more than any jazz songs, Masterpiece Guitars offers just shades of the former and quite a few of the latter. Throughout an eclectic program, a wide variety of textures and tones are heard from such desirable instruments as an original Orville Gibson archtop and a D'Angelico Teardrop.
Martin Taylor's versatility and nimble fretwork are on display in delightful versions of the Django-inspired "Thank Heaven For Little Girls" and Jerome Kern's "All The Things You Are," where he accompanies himself on no less than four different guitars thanks to studio tracking. Even more compelling are the variety of approaches he employs on Kenny Dorham's "Blue Bossa," vacillating from single line melodies to pizzicato passages to chordal exercises with unerring ease.
The presence of Steve Howe, though, is something of a mixed bag throughout the proceedings. While his accompaniment to Taylor is sympathetic in these carefully controlled environs, compositions like "Two Teardrops" and "Ae Fond Kiss/Farewell To Erin" are exactly the kind of treacly mood songs that have bogged down Yes recordings for so many decades. Much more successful are the country swing and folk influenced songs like the Chet Atkins style "Goofus" and, most impressively, Taylor's "No Pedestrians," which features a crackerjack imitation of Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant's high speed honky-tonk.
But the Appalachian folk of Howe's "Tailpiece" might be the best example of the magic that Chinery's rare instruments can create when played by experts. The interplay of the Bigsby Steel and the Gibson Century Mando is as hypnotic and natural as a ribbon of fog around a mountain and sounds entirely of another time. And that might be worth the price of the record in and of itself.
Track Listing: Two Teardrops; No Pedestrians; Smile; La Questa; All the Things You Are; Thought Waves; Thank Heaven for Little Girls; Ginger; Blue Bossa; Tailpiece; Cherokee Ridge; The Sunshine of Your Smile; Goofus; Moon River; Ae Fond Kiss/Farewell to Erin; Somewhere; Harpnosis
Personnel: Steve Howe (guitar), Martin Taylor (guitar)
Record Label: P3 Music
Style: Fringes of Jazz
Audio CD (November 2, 2004)
Number of Discs: 1
Label: P-3 Music
Album: Masterpiece Guitars
Artist: Steve Howe and Martin Taylor
2002 TCG Records / 2003 P3 Music Ltd
CD: no catalog number / P3M006
Engineered by Dave Wilkerson
Executive Producer: Scott Chinery
Associate Producer: Steven Morris (not credited on the P3 Music release)
P3 Music release liner notes by Larry Acunto, Martin Taylor and Steve Howe
Notes: (***) After six years of delays prior to its release, my expectations were low for this album. Surprisingly, it turned out to be a delightful compilation of pieces that may become a favorite in my Steve Howe collection. "Tailpiece" alone is worth the purchase price.
The album was based around Scott Chinery's collection of vintage guitars and features about 60 of the instruments. Sadly Chinery died between the recording of this album and its eventual release. The album was first released in a limited edition form at the May 2002 Classic American Guitar Show before a more general release in Europe in 2003. (Ray Riethmeier, 17 Jun 02; additional notes by HP, 6 Apr 03)
Steve Howe: guitars (1, 3, 4, 6, 10, 13), bass guitar (10), harp guitars (17)
Martin Taylor: guitars (1-5, 7-9, 11-17), bass guitar (2, 4, 5, 7, 12, 14), harp guitars (17)
All instruments from the Chinery Collection
01. Two Teardrops [Howe/Taylor] (3:32)
02. No Pedestrians [Taylor] (3:30)
03. Smile [C Chaplin/J Turner/G Parsons] (2:57)
04. La Questa [Taylor] (1:39)
05. All the Things You Are [J Kern] (4:26)
06. Thought Waves [Howe] (3:12)
07. Thank Heaven for Little Girls [A Lerner/F Lowe] (3:27)
08. Ginger [Taylor] (4:23)
09. Blue Bossa featuring the Blue Guitars [K Dorham] (5:21)
10. Tailpiece [Howe] (4:47)
11. Cherokee Ridge [Taylor] (3:19)
12. The Sunshine of Your Smile [L Ray/L Cooke] (3:04)
13. Goofus [G Kahn/W King/W Harold] (2:06)
14. Moon River [J Mercer/H Mancini] (3:26)
15. Ae Fond Kiss/Farewell to Erin [arr. Taylor] (3:30)
16. Somewhere [L Bernstein] (2:46)
17. Harpnosis [Howe/Taylor] (4:47)