Mike Link~harvey Taylor | Crossing the Bridge

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Crossing the Bridge

by Mike Link~harvey Taylor

Jazzy Electronica with World Influences
Genre: Electronic: Experimental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Straits of Gibraltar
4:39 album only
2. Ready
3:28 album only
3. Swoop
3:32 album only
4. Tabla Rasta
5:43 album only
5. Shadow Surfing
4:40 album only
6. Port Noir
5:09 album only
7. Night Song
4:07 album only
8. Pythagorean Interlude
4:04 album only
9. Bailey's Blues
7:04 album only
10. Solace
9:15 album only
11. Alto Como Cometa
4:02 album only


Album Notes
Milwaukee-based studio duo (Mike Link/keys, etc, Harvey Taylor/trumpet), with guest artists (Holly Haebig/flute, Tom Plutshack/guitars)...groove-based tunes with trumpet improvisations, etc, fusing a jazz/blues approach to contemporary electronica...World music influences combine for an eclectic mix.


Crossing The Bridge

Local painter of words Harvey Taylor allows no weakness in the bond between himself and musician Mike Link on this co-produced album. Taylor is most recognizable for his poetry, winning three "Best Poet" awards in the Shepherd Express and publishing over 30 books of poems/sto­ries. However, Taylor is just as prominent a musician, opting here for saucy trumpet solos as a foreground to the bulk of orchestration performed by Link, an ornate composition of keys, ambient sampling and steady beats. Adding to a few tracks are also local folk musician Tom Plutshack on guitar and One Drum's flutist Holly Haebig.

The album might best be described as ultra-chill, lounge electronica, which head­lines jazzy trumpet voicings, world flavors and reggae, funk and blues licks. These are combined with an entrancing, technol­ogy-derived backdrop, which could just as easily be filed with the trip-hop styles of Thievery Corporation or (daringly stated) masters Kruder & Dorfmeister as with more fanciful New Age artists. Whether studying, browsing, or relaxing with your favorite novel, or if you're looking for a companion for a lulling, late-night drive, try Crossing the Bridge.

—Grahm Fons
Shepherd Express
March 18, 2004



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Charles C. Raiff

Crossing The Bridge is one great album. From the moment the haunting horns hit your ears, you are taken on a journey that is nothing short of amazing. A great mix of electronics and horns, Crossing the Bridge is well worth it.