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James Taylor Quartet - Live At The Jazz Cafe

James Taylor Quartet Live At The Jazz Cafe
James Taylor Quartet - Live At The Jazz Cafe
(CD) Real Self Records RS4321, 2008-04-25

Tracklisting :
01. Picking Up Where We Left Off
02. No Way
03. Easy Time
04. Joe's Diversions
05. The Exorcism
06. Tore My Heart Out
07. Never In My Wildest Dreams
08. Blow Up
09. Jan Jan
10. I Feel The Earth Move
11. Theme From Starsky & Hutch

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Press Release :
With his trademark howling Hammond, James Taylor has a reputation as a solid and accomplished band leader. The Theme from Starsky and Hutch, cemented the band's reputation as masters of the jazz-funk-r'n'b workout. Formed in 1985, JTQ began playing music similar to the rare-groove jazz-funk then in vogue around London. By the early 90s, that movement had spawned acid jazz, and JTQ found itself at the forefront of a vibrant young club scene.

"In The Hand of The Inevitable" remains Acid Jazz's biggest selling album to date. JTQ's "Whole Lotta Live" album was nominated for a MOBO award in 1998. Other career highlights to date include contributions to albums by Tom Jones, The Wonderstuff, Manic Street Preachers, The Pogues and U2, not to mention scoring the theme tune to "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery"!

2007 saw the release of "Don't Mess With Mr T: James Taylor Quartet Plays Motown" on Dome Records, featuring guest lead vocalists Omar, Hil St Soul, and Donna Gardier. Also, a new outfit, James Taylor's 4th Dimension, released "Picking Up Where We Left Off" in 2007, and JTQ was nominated in the Ronnie Scott's Jazz Awards. JTQ's "A Taste of Cherry" was released in September 2006.

This 11 tune collection was recorded live at London's Jazz Café in December last year.

"Instead of booking another band to open the show, the JTQ opted to play the first set of the night themselves. 'Now that we've become our own support act, we don't want to blow ourselves away', Taylor joked. But that is exactly what they did!" (David Sinclair, The Times)

"It was a very memorable JTQ show, and I have been to one or two since they started out over 20 years go! This concert was recorded so hopefully those fans who were unlucky enough to miss it should be able to hear it on a forthcoming CD." (Dr Paul Philips, JTQ fan)


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