Taylor Mesple | Victory Land

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Victory Land

by Taylor Mesple

Progressive rock and jazz elements meet West coast pop featuring some of the world's best studio musicians.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Victory Land
5:19 $0.99
2. Answer Your Own Question
4:34 $0.99
3. Glory
5:18 $0.99
4. Imagination
4:34 $0.99
5. One Word
5:01 $0.99
6. Just Begun (tribute to Bruce Hornsby)
5:16 $0.99
7. No Apology
7:07 $0.99
8. Go Somewhere
3:58 $0.99
9. Running
5:06 $0.99
10. Grace
9:37 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Taylor Mesple has a story to tell. It was born on the western edge of the continent where wide open tunings and soaring melodies reflect the vastness of the land and the sea, where clusters of harmony rest atop one another as naturally as sedimentary layers, and where exploration and discovery have always been the driving forces shaping the people.

Taylor's songs speak of yearning and disappointment, but also of hope. Three chords and a spray of mist will not do justice to this subject matter; nor will tired clichés or tidy endings. His songs have the same exquisite shadings as a western sunset and the urgency of a Pacific surf. All this to say, that in order to experience the beauty of this or any other place, one must truly awaken one's senses. Delight in the beauty of these songs; let the sound wash over you. My favorite artists have always been able to shape their stories from their surroundings and engage and inspire us to view life through the lens of their unique perspective. In this stunning and multifaceted recording, Taylor demonstrates he belongs among that exclusive group of artists."

-Russell Ferrante, (Yellowjackets) Multiple Grammy Winning Jazz Artist


Taylor Mesple is a true idealist when it comes to music. He has always resisted the boundaries and categories that keep music safe and predictable, and has always endeavored to bring something magical to life through music. Taylor is a believer in the crucial difference between art and entertainment, and has always resonated with the former, not the latter. Taylor's musical journey continues to take him alongside some of the greatest of greats in the musical world... through changes and evolutions... but never outside the purpose of moving people on an intangible level.

It's almost as if gravity itself has compelled Taylor toward meeting groundbreaking musicians like Michael Hedges, Bruce Hornsby, Eric Johnson, Russell Ferrante, James Taylor, Peter Mayer, Howard Levy, Abe Laboriel Jr., Tim Pierce, Patrick Leonard, Don Grusin, Mel Brown, Nelson Rangell, The Indigo Girls, Keb Mo, Take 6, Steve Amedee, Ray Charles and Shawn Colvin. Through performing, recording, and simply bumping into fellow musicians, Taylor has found himself rubbing shoulders with nearly every musical hero he's ever had. He's performed or recorded with many of them... and has had the pleasure of being mentored by several. Russell Ferrante called Taylor "one of my favorite artists" and Bruce Hornsby invited Taylor onstage the day they met for "the best seat in the house", during his show in which Taylor's band opened. For Taylor, this is the ultimate "completion of the circle", to be able to interact and collaborate with the very people that inspired him to make music his craft and trade at such an early age.

Taylor became a full time studio musician and performer at age 13, so he's had nearly 20 years to make these connections and collaborations happen. By now, Taylor has recorded on over 120 CD's for other artists, but has only released 2 full length CD's and 2 EP's of his own music. This is because his own music takes a long, thoughtful baking in the oven of his creative mind, sometimes 4 or more years for a single recording. "Songs For Autumn" was a collection of unrecorded songs from over a decade prior.

Though never reaching a vast audience thus far, Taylor's thoughtful music has made a big impact on niche markets and has developed small "cult" followings in the US and abroad. Taylor has stuck true to his guns as an artist, and has resisted tempting offers to mold his music into easy categories and copycat fad formulas.

Taylor has long experimented with blurring the fine line between vocal and instrumental music. Many of his early instrumental compositions, especially those for the band Wind Machine, featured "wordless vocal melodies" along the lines of the Pat Metheny Group or Bobby McFerrin, that he sang. He was asked to do similar melodic singing for jazz artists such as Fahrenheit Records artist Mark Sloniker as a result. The title track to Wind Machine's "Timeline" CD was Taylor's instrumental composition that featured Nelson Rangell playing the melody on soprano saxophone. Many years later, that song would become a vocal song with lyrics on the Victory Land CD called "Glory". Taylor still performs both versions as called for.

Overall, Taylor's artistry combines the melodic accessibility of great sophisticated Pop music with the all out "blowing" of heavy instrumental "chops" from every instrument in his band. He is usually working with players like Mel Brown, Darren Rahn, Peter Mayer, Howard Levy, Joe Gamble and others... players that not only can play a soulful, catchy melody with passion, but can also blow the doors down with virtuosity when called for. That unexpected shift into high gear can explode at any time, and it keeps the listener on the tips of their toes. Don't look for predictable endings and short, tidy radio songs most of the time... Taylor's music is generally long, epic songs that develop in a captivating and dramatic way.

Taylor has played high prestige live events such as the Conference on World Affairs with luminaries like Nelson Rangell and Don Grusin, and performed thousands of shows across the country, mostly jazz festivals. He recently played piano and sang backup vocals for James Taylor at a live radio show, which was a career highlight. But these days, Taylor is busy enough recording, producing, being a session player as a sideman and writing songs for others that he doesn't perform much. The pendulum could of course swing back the other direction in the future.

Taylor doesn't consider his vocal music "jazz"- though he considers his instrumental music to have a strong influence of contemporary jazz. His vocals are commonly classified as "Album Oriented Rock" or AOR, or in Europe it's usually called "Westcoast Pop". Taylor likes to blur the lines. He draws from the whole tapestry of his influences without boundaries.

His latest artistic venture in progress is a band called "3Moods", which is a vehicle for epic collages of such music, featuring (you guessed it) memorable vocal melodies, sophisticated chord changes and all out instrumental virtuosity. Taylor is available for a small number of performances each year... and he is selective about these artistically and logistically.

Taylor was born in California, grew up in Colorado, but now lives in the peace and quiet near Freeport, Maine, with his musician wife Rebecca and his young children Autumn and Jonah. He has a recording studio in the house and a motorcycle in the garage. Taylor is on the board of directors for the Maine Songwriters Association, and is constantly working with artists he's producing CD's for. He enjoys poetry by Billy Collins and most other forms of art, cooking, frisbee, the ocean, being creative on his Mac Powerbook, motorcycling along the Maine coast, target practice and other hobbies, but most of all being with his family.



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Trevor Dodd

Release of the Year!
Words like Astounding, Incredible,still do not do this c.d. justice. Real music for Real Musicians.
Taylor Mesple is one of America`s best kept secrets.
Buy it, Buy it, Buy it!!!

Kenneth Bremer

Fantastic album!
Ff you like Richard Page, you should dig this CD, simply a masterpiece....

John Strand

Amazing, ground-breaking record
"Victory Land" is absolutely incredible. Whether you enjoy great songwriting and melodies, virtuosic musical skill, or studio production magic, Taylor Mesplé's "Victory Land" will astound you. This is one of the best pop records in it's genre in the last 25 years, or so...Taylor's piano playing is some of the best in the world.