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29/05/2009 Matthew Warnock - All About Jazz

“Taylor approaches each solo as a part of that particular tune, never treating a solo as separate from the song itself, a great example of this being his solo on the tune “Life After Big Sam.” His ability to keep the groove, feel and melody of any tune going during his improvisations creates a guide through each of his improvised solos. This is not to say that Taylor does not take chances and experiment, but he has an uncanny ability to navigate the listener through these more interesting moments, rather than lose them along the way.”

 

01/05/2009 Peter Martin - Jazz UK

”Cat Dreams (GLP) from guitarist Jamie Taylor & Java (with Jamil Sheriff on piano) is a very strong set played with conviction and one to buy with confidence.”

 

01/05/2009 Just Jazz Guitar

“Jamie Taylor has become known as a young lion on the British jazz scene... With “Cat Dreams”, Taylor combines his high energy chops with a hard swingin' rhythm section to produce an album that is sure to bring him greater recognition [in North America]... Those listeners who are looking for a new voice in the jazz guitar genre will appreciate Taylor's fresh take on the modern guitar quartet. The tunes are well written, the solos creative, and the band is always groovin' - what else could one want from a jazz guitar album?”

 

26/08/2007 Christopher Hirst - The Independent

"Java, (is) a tight combo led by Jamie Taylor, a guitarist with a pleasant ruminative style. Possibly the most enjoyable jazz concert I have ever attended..."

 

20/07/2006 www.juliansflight.com

"Silent Songs" is a monochromatic pastel of beautiful music...just beautiful.

 

15/06/2006 Bill Kinghorn

Silent Songs is an album for the connoisseur of trio jazz; lyrical, reflective and even, perhaps, nocturnal in feeling at times, This is refined and stylish playing from a beautifully integrated trio. An album to savour; late night listening with eyes closed and a glass of good claret to hand.

 

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

"This effort from Englishman Jamie Taylor's Java quartet brings many different 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."

 

01/01/2005 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."

 

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