Melvin Taylor & The Slack Band

Melvin Taylor & The Slack Band - Rendezvous With The Blues (2002)

Melvin Taylor & The Slack Band - Rendezvous With The Blues (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 404 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 143 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Electric Blues, Contemporary Blues | Label: Evidence | # ECD 26123-2 | Time: 00:55:38

Rendezvous With the Blues marks another step in the normalization of Melvin Taylor. With Lucky Peterson on keyboards, Taylor is much more the featured lead guitarist in a straight-band context that too often finds him fighting for room to move in the full arrangements. He takes a jazzy lead on the opening "Coming Home Baby," but that runs counter to the measured, mid-tempo groove that dominates the first three tracks and seems like a move to court the contemporary rock-blues audience. So does some of the material – no originals, with ZZ Top, Stephen Stills, and Carlos Santana's tribute to John Lee Hooker in the songwriter credits on one side and Charles Singleton and Prince for contemporary black funk/rock relevance on the other. Horns kick in to punctuate the slinky, clavinet-anchored funk on "I'm the Man Down There," but Taylor's solo gets cluttered up by a duel with Peterson (on guitar here). Taylor is better-served when he escapes the rock beat straitjacket on "Tribute to John Lee Hooker" – the Latin-tinged rhythms give his guitar more freedom to float and sting.
Melvin Taylor & The Slack Band - Melvin Taylor & The Slack Band (1995)

Melvin Taylor & The Slack Band - Melvin Taylor & The Slack Band (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 378 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 158 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Electric Blues, Chicago Blues | Label: Evidence | # ECD 26073-2 | Time: 00:51:16

The U.S. release of Melvin Taylor's two early-'80s LPs by Evidence a decade later was a shock introduction to a blues guitarist who seemingly blazed out of nowhere – outside of Rosa's Lounge in Chicago, that is. "Blazed" is the right word, too, because Taylor is a total maximalist who unleashes torrents of notes to fill up every space. But he's so convincing a player that the concept of "blues guitar hero" might get a good name again, even with fans dead-tired of excess who never thought they'd think things like, "Man, can Melvin Taylor play the ever-loving (add the expletive superlative of your choice) out of the guitar" again. Taylor's first real-time release, Melvin Taylor & the Slack Band, is a pretty straightforward affair – basic trio with minimal overdubs, servicable vocals in an Albert King mode, and a mix of originals and very classic covers. The opening "Texas Flood" lets him rip on a slow blues, constantly changing up his playing with wah-wah blitzes as the real ace in his sonic hole.

Melvin Taylor & The Slack Band - Dirty Pool (1997)  Music

Posted by Designol at Oct. 8, 2014
Melvin Taylor & The Slack Band - Dirty Pool (1997)

Melvin Taylor & The Slack Band - Dirty Pool (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 372 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 170 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Electric Blues, Chicago Blues | Label: Evidence | # ECD 26088-2 | Time: 00:45:21

Fans of Stevie Ray Vaughan will notice the title of this disc is that of a Vaughan song. Indeed, three selections from his songbook are covered here: "Too Sorry," "Telephone Song," and the title track. The impressive Melvin Taylor is an electric blues guitarist who will appeal to the fans of the legendary Texan for his skilled and precise playing along with his smooth and expressive vocals. Taylor definitely continues the Chicago blues tradition that begot Luther Allison, Buddy Guy, and Otis Rush. Taylor gives his version of Rush's "Right Place, Wrong Time" on this collection of nine covers. His lineup here is a trio – a reliable bass and drum rhythm section keeps up a steady bottom end, showcasing his ability to handle all vocals and guitar parts. Every track here is rife in the easy genius that marks a true master of the blues craft.

Michael Maxwell and His Orchestra - In The Big Band Mood (1997)  Music

Posted by Pisulik at Jan. 16, 2017
Michael Maxwell and His Orchestra - In The Big Band Mood (1997)

Michael Maxwell and His Orchestra - In The Big Band Mood (1997)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) +cue, log, artworks - 439 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 121 MB | 00:52:35
Jazz | Label: Avalon Music | Release Year: 1997

Put on your dancing shoes and jive the night away. Standards like In the Mood and When the Saints Come Marching In will put a new lift in your step. Instrumentation includes saxophones, trumpets, trombones, French horn, piano, guitar, bass & drums. When I was a kid, back in the '60's, my dad listened to a group of records called "The Swing Era"… I believe from Time-Life. I grew up loving the swing rhythms and stylings of "Little Brown Jug", "Take The 'A' Train, and "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" as they popped and hissed out of our giant console stereo. I've tried digitally remastered versions of the originals, like "Glenn Miller-A Memorial", but have always been disappointed by, well, the pops and hiss, and the generally low fidelity that these great old songs were recorded with… not their fault! But "In The Big Band Mood" faithfully recaptures the music in new recordings by Michael Maxwell and his orchestra, and their rendition of what I consider to be one of the most perfect pieces of music of all time - "In The Mood" - is excellent. I highly recommend this album!
VA - Jukebox Saturday Night: Great Hit Vocals Of The Big Band Years (1988) {Capitol}

VA - Jukebox Saturday Night: Great Hit Vocals Of The Big Band Years (1988) {Capitol}
EAC Rip | FLAC with CUE and log | scans | 183 mb
MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 82 mb
Genre: pop, vocal jazz, oldies

Jukebox Saturday Night: Great Hit Vocals Of The Big Band Years is a 1988 compilation CD released by Capitol Special Markets. This represents pop music from the 1950's when jazz was still part of the soundscape.

Zachary Taylor: The American Presidents Series: The 12th President, 1849-1850  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by tarantoga at Oct. 22, 2016
Zachary Taylor: The American Presidents Series: The 12th President, 1849-1850

John S. D. Eisenhower, "Zachary Taylor: The American Presidents Series: The 12th President, 1849-1850"
ISBN: 0805082379 | 2006 | EPUB | 192 pages | 264 KB

Melvin Taylor - Taylor Made (2013)  Music

Posted by Designol at May 3, 2016
Melvin Taylor - Taylor Made (2013)

Melvin Taylor - Taylor Made (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 162 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 76 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Electric Blues | Label: Eleven East Corp. | # 2316314 01 | Time: 00:23:55

Chicago-based guitarist Melvin Taylor is a star in Europe, but it may take some time for U.S. audiences to catch on to just how phenomenally talented a bluesman he is. Part of the problem for Taylor may be his own natural eclecticism. He's equally adept playing jazz or blues, but in the last few years, he's forged a name for himself as a blues guitarist with a slew of releases for Evidence Music. Taylor may well be the most talented new guitarist to come along since Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Allan Taylor - The Traveller (1978) {1999, Reissue}  Music

Posted by popsakov at March 30, 2016
Allan Taylor - The Traveller (1978) {1999, Reissue}

Allan Taylor - The Traveller (1978/1999)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 245 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 123 Mb
Scans Included (JPG, 600 dpi) | RAR 5% Recovery
Folk, Acoustic | Rubber Records #RUBCD026

Allan Taylor is one of England's most-respected singer/songwriters. His songs have been covered by artists on both sides of the Atlantic, including Don Williams, Frankie Miller, Fairport Convention, Dick Gaughan, the McCalmans, the Fureys, the Clancy Brothers, and De Dannan. Folk Roots praised him for his "ability to crystallize a mood and evoke an era with the ease of a computer memory access, crafting perfect songs with dramatic changes in the spirit of Brecht, Bikel, and Brel." The Oxford Book of Traditional Verse felt as strongly, writing that Taylor was "one of the most literate and sensitive of contemporary songwriters in terms of words and music and one who is capable of exploring more complex…
Billy Taylor - The Billy Taylor Trio At Town Hall (1954) {2014 Japan Prestige 7000 Chronicle SHM-CD HR Cutting Series}

Billy Taylor - The Billy Taylor Trio At Town Hall (1954) {2014 Japan Prestige 7000 Chronicle SHM-CD HR Cutting Series}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 96 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 73 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (png) -> 378 Mb | 5% repair rar | DSD / HR Cutting Remaster
© 1954, 2014 Prestige / Concord / Universal Japan | UCCO-5293 | Mono | PRLP 7093
Jazz / Bop / Hard Bop / Piano Trio

Reissue features the latest digital remastering and the high-fidelity SHM-CD format (compatible with standard CD player) and the latest DSD / HR Cutting remastering. Comes with a description. Features the original LP designs. A pretty great live set by Billy Taylor and his early trio with Earl May on bass and Percy Brice on drums – recorded at Town Hall in 1954! Taylor is actually pretty darn amazing on the set – very much the virtuoso, playing with an incredible range and an almost modern approach to the tunes – one that seems looser, and more expressive than some of his previous studio sessions for Prestige Records – in a way that makes this album a gem well worth seeking out! Titles include "Theodora", "A Foggy Day", "How High The Moon", and "I'll Remember April".

Melvin Taylor - Beyond The Burning Guitar (2010) 2CD  Music

Posted by Designol at Feb. 8, 2016
Melvin Taylor - Beyond The Burning Guitar (2010) 2CD

Melvin Taylor - Beyond The Burning Guitar (2010) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 510 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 245 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Guitar Instrumental, Blues, Jazz, Rock | Label: Eleven East Corp. | # 2181344/2181355 | Time: 01:29:09

This isn't just a 2-CD set of some unbelievable guitar work from a long-esteemed player of truly formidable skill but rather a treasury that proves beyond doubt that Melvin Taylor needs to be placed within the museum of the guitar greats: Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Chet Atkins, Frank Zappa, Earl Klugh, Jim Hall, Leo Kottke, Robert Fripp, Grant Green, Pat Metheny…all of 'em, regardless of style and genre. And he not only plays all the many layers of various guitars here but bass as well in a nominally foursome format.