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Robin Taylor | Samplicity

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by Robin Taylor

Taylor's 2001 release consists mainly of calm and atmospheric soundscapes - quite opposite to his former releases. This time performed by Taylor (g, k, d) and sax virtuoso Karsten Vogel. Very emotional, very ambient and sometimes a little bit scary.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Black Country
5:55 album only
2. Lavender Mist
5:02 album only
3. BTI
6:43 album only
4. Fractalism
6:33 album only
5. February Pain
4:07 album only
6. Burnt Forest Island
12:37 album only
7. Ambient Isles
9:17 album only


Album Notes
One of the best kept secrets of the experimental music scene in Denmark is undoubtedly the music of Danish born Robin Taylor.

"As for Robin Taylor and his creation as a whole, in my honest opinion, he is undoubtedly one of the most inspired, inventive, and innovative composers of the Progressive Rock movement. If you consider yourself a real connoisseur of progressive music, not to mention ProGfessor, you shouldn't miss the opportunity to enrich your collection with such wonderful albums as those by Taylor's Universe, Robin Taylor and Taylor's Free Universe." -- Vitaly Menshikov, ProgressoR

The music of Robin Taylor is a cross-over of music in almost every thinkable direction, but with a solid foundation in rock and jazz. Though he's playing most of the instruments himself, he's been privileged to include several outstanding capacities in his productions - especially sax-player Karsten Vogel (of Burnin Red Ivanhoe and Secret Oyster fame) and trumpet-player Hugh Steinmetz (voted Danish Jazz Musician of the Year 1966). Since 2000 he has furthermore been the leader of the ensemble Taylor's Free Universe, comprising among others Karsten Vogel and French violinist Pierre Tassone.

Personal influences: King Crimson, The Canterbury Scene, Bill Frisell, Brian Eno, Secret Oyster, Bela Bartok, Charles Ives (to name but a few...)

"Robin Taylor is a master of the minimalist approach to instrumental progressive rock. Samplicity is an excellent model of where progressive rock and jazzz should be heading in the new century."
-- 20th Century Guitar

"As for Taylor's solo creation as a whole, it's just impossible to undervalue it, as well as the significance of Robin's contribution to the development of progressive music. Real new music." (Five ½ stars)
-- ProgressoR



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A master of the minimalist approach to instrumental progressive rock.
In the spirit of mid ‘70s King Crimson and guitarist Terje Rypdal, Danish musician Robin Taylor is a master of the minimalist approach to instrumental progressive rock. On his latest CD Samplicity, Taylor sparingly uses his electric guitar sounds, while also lacing his traumatic and soothing soundscapes with piano and the saxophone of horn legend Karsten Vogel. Each thought provoking piece has an identity of it’s own and Samplicity is an excellent model of where progressive rock and jazz should be heading in the new century. Taylor’s fine electric guitar skills can also be heard on his 1998 instrumental album Experimental Health—a much more rocked-out affair than Samplicity—which finds the guitarist backed by his group Taylor’s Universe including Secret Oyster sax great Karsten Vogel.