Taylor Haskins is forging more of a career in the jazz world, and it's based on his solid musicianship and flair on the trumpet: a good strong tone, good chops, and a wide array of influences, translating into him being at ease and formidable in many styles, including being plugged-in. In addition to stepping out more on his own as a solo player, he can be found, in recent years, with the likes of Richard Bona
, Guillermo Klein
, Jamie Baum
, and the Dave Holland
On American Dream
(Sunnyside Records, 2010), his third as a leader, Haskins delivers a series of tunes that deal with today's society through the concepts of breakdown, destruction, and abandonment. They also touch on what he views as the idealsomething not likely to take placeand the power of the mind to remember things. Through it all, Haskins' trumpet weaves intelligently through the varying moods, including some electrified trumpet. Not surprising, from someone who counts Miles Davis
as his main influence, especially electric Miles.
Veteran All About Jazz Contributor R.J. DeLuke
spoke with Haskins earlier this summer, about American Dream
and a career split between commercial and show music, but with with increasing weight on jazz in recent years.
Check out Taylor Haskins: Raising His (Trumpet) Voice
at All About Jazz today!