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Anywhere But Here...

Artist: Java

Date of Release: 01/01/2004

Catalogue no: BR009

Label: Brightside

Price: £8

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Track Listing

No

 

Title

Duration

1

 

Almost (Taylor)

7.20

2

 

For Erni (Taylor)

6.30

3

 

Angel Nemali (Pukwana)

8.58

4

 

Black and Brown Cherries (Ibrahim)

3.17

5

 

Gospel Truth (Taylor)

7.00

5

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Gospel Truth (extract)

2.48

6

 

Anywhere But Here... (Taylor)

2.31

6

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Anywhere But Here...

2.31

7

 

Blue Moon (Rodgers/Hart

1.40

8

 

Ashuka (Taylor)

9.09

9

 

What It Is (Taylor/Sheriff)

9.00

 

 

 

 

Appearances by

Jamie Taylor

· Jamie Taylor - guitar
· Jamil Sheriff - piano
· Garry Jackson - double bass
· Nick Smalley - percussion
Java was formed by Sheffield-based guitarist Jamie Taylor in the summer of 2003. All four band members are alumni of Leeds College of Music, and two are now on the LCM teaching staff. The group released its debut album "Anywhere But Here..." in late 2004, to positive critical response. The group plays mostly original material, which often aims to incorporate influences from outside jazz such as folk or world music. Against these settings, Jamie Taylor’s guitar leads with a mixture of lyrical melody and rapid-fire bop lines…

"Enormously impressive debut from this quartet of Leeds College of Music graduates...Taylor's own playing is full of ideas with a strong sense of direction and in pianist Jamil Sheriff, he has a partner of equal inventiveness" - Jazz UK, Jan '05

"Genuine contemporary jazz...mellow, reflective, funky, and extravagant by turns" - Sandman Magazine

Anywhere But Here... (Brightside BR-009)

 

Reviews

 

01/02/2006 Steven Rosenberg - Just Jazz Guitar USA

"This effort from Englishman Jamie Taylor's Java quartet brings many differenet sounds and styles to the table. Dudu Pukwana's "Angel Nemali" stays true to the composer's South African vibe - ironic perhaps, coming from this group that hails from the North of England. The disc begins to excel with with Taylor's composition "Gospel Truth" - a straight-ahead workout that showcases the leader's Grant Green-ish bop chops. Yet another side of Jamie Taylor reveals itself with the solo acoustic work on both the title track and "Blue Moon". The complex fingerstyle arrangements verge on folk-style fingerpicking - but in a good way. Something original is going on here. If there's anything Taylor should do more of, this is it. "Anywhere But Here..." indeed offers something for everybody, and in this case, everything from one body, the very eclectic Jamie Taylor."

 

01/01/0005 Peter Martin Jazz UK

"An enormously impressive debut from this quartet of Leeds College of Music graduates led by guitarist Jamie Taylor, who also wrote much of the material. Taylor's own playing is full of ideas with a strong sense of direction and in pianist Jamil Sheriff, he has a partner of comparable inventiveness. Bassist Garry Jackson and drummer Nick Smalley provide a firm foundation, with splashes of colour when required, and guest altoist Damian Cook makes a notable contribution." - Jazz UK, Jan '05

 

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