I recently reviewed Harvey Mandel's new album, which is a kaleidoscopic look at the blues. Scott Taylor takes a much more single-minded approach, fusing John Lee Hooker-esque licks from Tony Fazio with some fine harp and organ. This is a trip through the southern urban blues, and Taylor is a fine guide.
Taylor hails from D.C., but his sound is much more Memphis than Maryland. He's careful to throw in plenty of Chicago as well, as the second city was the home of southern blues for decades. Now that it's safe (ish) to move back, the blues have resettled the south. Which just means more marinade for all of us.
Taylor doesn't reinvent anything on this set, but he sure serves up a fine blues platter. Plenty of greens, plenty of pork. If anyone is in need of a soul infusion, this album can cure the most anemic blood. Get down, then get on up.
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