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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Trance Blues Festival artist: Otis Taylor - Fantasizing About Being Black - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Fantasizing About Being Black, by Otis Taylor and it is his most interesting, innovative and creative release to date. Opening with Twelve String Mile, Taylor is joined by Jerry Douglas on lap guitar, Larry Thompson on drums, Todd Edmunds and Ron Miles on cornet to create a fusion of Mali blues and jazz. This is a really cool woven tapestry of sounds and colors that has a familiarity yet a uniqueness. Another track with free fusion feel, Walk On Water has a driving folk groove but a loose jazziness creating mystery. Very cool. With a mystical overtone, Hands On Your Stomach is a driving rocker with vocal phrasing like John Lee Hooker. Brandon Niederauer creates a terrific electric wall in balance with Taylor's unsettling vocals. With a really cool groove, Jump Jelly Belly tells the tale of General Jack Watson and his cargo load. Just wild. Flat out in your face blues, Tripping On This, features Taylor on electric banjo and shows just how deep today's blues can be and maintain continuity. Excellent! Another super blues track with contemporary form is Jump Out Of Line. Taylor has a cool, natural delivery giving the track freedom. Wrapping the release is Jump To Mexico, a sensitive ballad featuring beautiful lap work by Douglas. A super conclusion to a really special release. 

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