The recording session with John Taylor, took place on the 13th -14th of May in Poland. Artists were recording in MAQ Records near to Katowice.
It was the first and the most important recording session during CROSSINGS PROJECT.
John Taylor came to Poland specially for Karo and CROSSINGS PROJECT.
His collaboration with Karo Glazer is absolutely one the biggest events of this project.
John played in almost every songs of CROSSINGS PROJECT album. You can hear him playing piano in „ Voice On Fire”, „Love Again”, „Flying Circle”, written special for him „Distance”, „The Magic Of Life”, „A Lonely Woman’s Walk”, „The Moon You and I”
and in „Over The Shiny Sky” where he played absolutely the most fantastic
solo of this album.
ABOUT JOHN TAYLOR
John Taylor first came to the attention of the jazz audience in 1969 when he partnered saxophonists Alan Skidmore and John Surman. He was later reunited with Surman in the short-lived group Morning Glory and in the 1980s with Miroslav Vitous’s quartet.
In the early 1970s he was accompanist to the singer Cleo Laine and started to compose for his own sextet. Taylor also worked with many visiting artists at Ronnie Scott’s club and later became a member of Ronnie’s quintet.
In 1977 Taylor formed the trio Azimuth, with Norma Winstone and Kenny Wheeler. On some of the group’s recording Taylor played synthesiser and organ. The group was described by Richard Williams as “…one of the most imaginatively conceived and delicately balanced contemporary chamber-jazz groups”. The trio made several recordings for ECM Records and performed in Europe, the USA and Canada.
The 1980s saw Taylor working with groups led by Jan Garbarek, Enrico Rava, Gil Evans, Lee Konitz and Charlie Mariano as well as performing in duos with Tony Coe and Steve Arguelles. Composing projects included a commission for the English choir Cantamus Girls Choir with Lee Konitz and Steve Arguelles and pieces for the Hannover Radio Orchestra with Stan Sulzmann. Taylor also performed on David Sylvian‘s song “Laughter and Forgetting”, which also featured Kenny Wheeler.
As of 2006, Taylor is a member of Kenny Wheeler’s quartet and large ensemble and performs in duo and quartet settings with John Surman – their recording of ‘Ambleside Days’ on ahum won critical acclaim. In 1996 John played organ on Surman’s choral work ‘Proverbs and Songs’ from Salisbury Cathedral, later released on ECM Records. During the 1990s he made several recordings also for ECM with Peter Erskine‘s trio with Palle Danielsson on bass.
Taylor celebrated his 60th birthday year in 2002 with a Contemporary Music Network Tour in which he presented his new trio with the drummer Joey Baron and Marc Johnson on bass. The tour also featured the Creative Jazz Orchestra playing Taylor’s composition ‘The Green Man Suite’. In July 2002 Taylor received the BBC Jazz Award for ‘Best New Work’ for this suite.
His trio recording with Johnson and Baron was released early in 2003 and September 2003 saw the release of his solo CD ‘Insight’ on Sketch. The Guardian wrote, “this is one of contemporary jazz’s great performers at work . . . a beautiful solo statement by a very modest star.” In 2004 Taylor recorded ‘Where do we go from Here?’ in duo with Kenny Wheeler and ‘Nightfall’ with bassist Charlie Haden. They subsequently performed at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. Also that year Taylor formed a new trio with Palle Danielsson and Martin France. They performed at the Vancouver Festival and recorded ‘Angel of the Presence’ for CAM Jazz. This recording was released in January 2006 to coincide with their UK tour and has received critical acclaim.