James Taylor Quartet
Venue: The Stroud Subscription Rooms
Date:Sun 05 Sep 2021
Price: £20 - £22
James Taylor, one of the great British instrumentalists of his generation, has taken his trademark howling Hammond sound to the masses for over 25 years; still famed for its upbeat, energetic live shows… with no sign of slowing down. JTQ’s fired-up signature tune, The Theme from Starsky and Hutch, cemented its reputation as master of the jazz-funk-r’n’b workout; 60s spy themes, psychedelic and free-form jazz all added something to the band’s distinctive sound.
The band’s relentlessly entertaining tunes take inspiration from the rare-groove style funk, and boogaloo funk of the 60s and 70s and, the band is, without a doubt, one of the most important jazz-pop crossover outfits in British live musical history today.
JTQ is one of the most exciting and well-respected touring bands in the UK. With numerous albums to its name, the band’s recorded output is not to be scoffed at. ‘Prolific’ is an understatement, with albums touching genres as diverse as jazz, funk, soul, rock, and even rap, not to mention a handful of library albums in between.
Originally playing the Hammond B3 organ in the UK mod revival band The Prisoners, James Taylor formed his own quartet, and 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.
The first single, Blow-Up, was released on the Re Elect The President label, a precursor to Acid Jazz. The band’s debut album, Mission Impossible, was released the following year, predominantly consisting of covers of 60s film themes such as Alfie, Mrs Robinson and Goldfinger.
“James Taylor is the best Hammond player this side of the Atlantic”
Craig Charles BBC6 FUNK AND SOUL SHOW
“James Taylor…one of the all-time great Hammond players”
Nicky Wire from the Manic Street Preachers, NME
“Never less than an impressive demonstration of virtuosity”
Andrew Mueller, Uncut
“James Taylor keeps it swinging, fun and unpretentious”
Andy Robson, Jazzwise
“Taylor’s organ sound first sears the ears and then goes straight to the feet”
Garry Booth, BBC Music Magazine
“Taylor is one of our finest jazz organists… A musician who has forged his own
path… His playing is snappy and crisp…”
David Lands, Jazz Journal