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Eddie Taylor Jr.



Eddie Taylor Jr. - Mind Game - 2006 - Wolf

This is a terrific effort from Eddie Taylor Jr., who contributes the original Chicago soul blues title track, "Trying to Play a Mind Game" ....Taylor brothers Larry and Tim are outstanding in their drum support. - Living Blues

Eddie Taylor Jr. has inherited his extraordinary talent from his father, blues god Eddie Taylor. Taylor's sophisticated playing allows him to bring back old favorites and add his own new tunes, which are too tricky for average blues bands. Other so-called "blues-artists" often mix their music with R&B, funk, jazz, or swing, but Eddie Taylor Jr. stands for pure blues! - [from Product Description © 1996-2011, Amazon.com]

A second-generation blues maven (he's the son of blues greats Eddie and Vera Taylor), Eddie churns out the good stuff, raw and uncut. His vocals are full of conviction, his guitar work is sharp, and on "Mind Game" he's gathered a worthy backing band to support him in his purist vision. Eddie is a competent vocalist and guitarist, but don't expect any mind blowing guitar solos. This is a solid album of mostly good old fashioned blues and soul blues covers. Check out Eddie's "Worried About My Baby" album

TRACKS / COMPOSERS

1 I've Made Nights by Myself - Albert King 4:03
2 Use What You Got - Sugar Pie Desanto 3:33
3 Pink Champagne - Joe Liggins 3:00
4 That's All I Need - Samuel Maghett 4:52
5 I'm So Blue - Brenda Taylor 4:43
6 Look on Yonder's Wall - William McKinley "Jazz" Gillum 4:05
7 You've Got Me Licked - Freddie King, Jimmy McCracklin 4:26
8 Let Me Love You Baby - Willie Dixon 4:01
9 Trying to Play a Mind Game - Eddie Taylor 4:14
10 Forty-Four - Chester Burnett, Roosevelt Sykes 6:49
11 Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody's Home - Al Jackson Jr., Timothy Matthews 3:22
12 Eddie's Groove - Eddie Taylor 3:35

MUSICIANS


Eddie Taylor Jr. - guitar, vocals
Manua - rhythm guitar on Tracks 1,2,4,9,10,12: Illinois Slim - rhythm guitar on Tracks 3,5, 6-8
Pete Rubber - bass
Detroit Jr. - piano on Tracks 3,5, 6-8
Tim Taylor - drums on Tracks 1,4,5-11: Larry Taylor - drums on Tracks 2,3,12
Brenda Taylor - vocals on Track 5: Demetria Taylor - vocals on Track 8: Edna Taylor - vocals on Track 11

SHORT BIO

When Eddie Taylor Sr., a founder of postwar Chicago blues and the genius behind the famous Jimmy Reed, passed away in 1985, his red guitar, a Gibson 355 stereo, was left sitting in the corner. Eddie Jr., the third son in the family, had grown up hearing blues, but his main interest at the time was the current hip-hop music. One day he started listening to his father's records, picked up the guitar, hooked it up to the old Fender tube amp, and started teaching himself to play and sing. Today, at only 32 years old, Eddie Taylor Jr. is a leader in traditional Chicago blues. "Most people who play the blues today don't have the old original feel. I respect all the musicians, but there are certain musicians who give me that true feeling that I really want", he says. Eddie's sophisticated playing allows him to bring back some old favorites and add his own new tunes. that are a bit too tricky for the average blues bar band to copy. Fans are sure to tap their toes when he belts out "Cut You Loose," a Ricky Allen tune which was a favorite of his late mother Vera. "I can play along with a lot of different kinds of music," says Eddie, "but when it's my turn to stand up, I play what I play. I don't know whether the person in front of me in the audience knows anything about Eddie Taylor Sr. or Jimmy Reed, or if they are a jazz fan or a classical fan looking to hear something different. But the music I play, I play like me. That's the way I do it." Eddie's rising star was temporarily knocked aside in 2002, when he suffered a severe kidney ailment. His youngest brother Milton came to his rescue and donated a kidney. With the support of family and fans, Eddie has regained his strength-and it shows on the bandstand. Like his father, he lays down a great rhythm line for harmonica players, appearing on new CDs by traditional harpists Little Arthur Duncan and Easy Baby and backing up Easy Baby in the Chicago 2003 Blues Festival. Eddie's Wolf Records tribute to his father, "Lookin' for Trouble" features outstanding musicians such as Eddie Shaw on sax, Johnny B. Moore on guitar, and Martin Lane on harmonica. His own new Wolf release "Worried About My Baby" has five of his own compositions. Both Wolf records feature his brothers Larry and Tim on drums. A Taylor family band is one of Eddie's dreams: " We're proud of our heritage. We want to let the world know what we're about. That's all we're trying to do-get a fair chance out of life, like everybody else." [from Biography Nov. 4th, 2003 © Wolf Records http://www.wolfrec.com/feature.php?id=ed

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guinea pig said...

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A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi,gp (Numero Uno!). Thanks as usual. Are you getting a break at Easter? TTU soon...P

guinea pig said...

Sure!
A lot of sun, mountain and fresh air! :))
I wish you Bright Easter!

A.O.O.F.C said...

Thanks,gp! Make the most of it, and enjoy yourself. I'll talk to you soon...P