NW Recording of the Year - 2010 Earshot Golden Ear Awards
Seattle saxophonist Mark Taylor reunites with an old friend, Los Angeles-based pianist Gary Fukashima, along with bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer Byron Vannoy for a creative and wide-ranging set of original music. His first outing as leader in 6 years, Taylor has kept himself busy as an intregal member of multiple Origin recording groups including the Jim Knapp Orchestra, Thomas Marriott and Matt Jorgensen + 451, and was recently announced Northwest Instrumentalist of the Year at the 2009 Earshot Jazz Awards.
1 Spectre 7:47
2 Opaque 0:55
3 Fleeting 4:48
4 Lucid 0:45
5 Fomepi 6:32
6 Persiflage 2:23
7 The Ruse of the Muse 5:44
8 Maia 5:29
9 Gugodju 2:18
10 The Art of Falling 7:10
11 Second Thoughts 2:52
12 First Among Equals 6:48
Produced by Mark Taylor
Recorded and Mixed by David Lange
August 13 & 14, 2008 at David Lange
Studios, Edgewood, WA
Mastered by Mark Guenther
Photography by Chad McCullough
Cover design by John Bishop
Seattle Times (Andrew Gilbert)
By taking his time and letting his music develop at its own pace, Mark Taylor has become one of the essential players on the Seattle jazz scene. While steadily pursuing his own musical vision, the alto saxophonist has toiled fruitfully as a sideman, contributing to more than half a dozen excellent ensembles. From long-running institutions like t ...
All About Jazz.com (John Barron)
Saxophonist Mark Taylor was announced Northwest Instrumentalist of the Year at the 2009 Earshot Jazz Awards. Such esteemed recognition may be due to his high profile supporting roles on Origin Records releases by Thomas Marriott and Matt Jorgensen + 451. For Spectre, his first recording as a leader in six years, the Seattle, Washington-based Taylor ...
All Music Guide (Adam Greenberg)
Fresh off a regional "best instrumentalist" award, sax virtuoso Mark Taylor returned to bandleader efforts with 2009's Spectre, a romp through a fair set of originals. Most compositions here come directly from Taylor's pen, but there are a few additional items -- two contributions from pianist Gary Fukushima and one from bassist Jeff Johnson, and o ...
Earshot Jazz (Chris Robinson)
Those familiar with my reviews of Thomas Marriott's recent work will know that I find Mark Taylor to be a unique and refreshing voice on both soprano and alto saxophones. On Spectre, his first solo re-lease in six years, Taylor shows why he's an oft called upon saxophonist in the Seattle scene ? performing and recording with Jim Knapp, Matt Jorgens ...
Cadence (Jay Collins)
On Spectre saxophonist Mark Taylor leads a quartet that plays straight ahead but with moody edge reminiscent of Wayne Shorter's Blue Note albums. There is spacious rhythm support on most pieces from Gary Fukushima, Jeff Johnson, and Byron Vannoy with Fukushima occasionally adding a layer of brooding electric piano. Taylor plays calm and lucid sop ...