Guitarist Martin Taylor is about as multi-faceted as any player on the modern scene. Whereas many guitarists have reached similar heights within the jazz world, Taylor has developed simultaneous reputations for his solo jazz guitar playing, his Gypsy-inspired band, the Spirit of Django, his solo finger-style guitar work, as well as his small group jazz playing. Among guitarists, he is known as a player's player-- someone who reaches across genres to integrate his many influences, while at the same time remaining true to the specific musical dimension he may find himself in during any given concert or recording session. It is this diversity and his incredible ability as a solo guitarist and improviser which has propelled Taylor to the top of the jazz guitar world and won him fans the world over.
Taylor's latest CD is Last Train to Hautville (The Guitar Label, 2010), with his Spirit of Django group, and AAJ Contributor Matthew Warnock spoke with the guitarist about keeping the spirit of Django alive, his certainty that the late gypsy jazz guitarist would be a fan of a more contemporary one, Pat Metheny
, and receiving an honorary doctorate degree from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
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