Martin Taylor Spirit of Django Orchestral Suite

The Spirit of Django Orchestral Suite

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Late 2010 saw the world premiere of an exciting new work for guitar, orchestra and big band with the creation of ‘The Spirit of Django Suite’ by two of the biggest names in jazz, guitarist and composer Martin Taylor MBE and composer and arranger Guy Barker.  Guy Barker came up with the idea of basing the Suite around some of the themes that Martin Taylor had already written for his award-winning group Spirit of Django by creating an orchestral piece featuring Martin Taylor, Spirit of Django, the Guy Barker Big Band, and a full orchestra.

The Spirit of Django Suite was composed to ‘reek of nostalgia’, with many elements of Django Reinhardt and Debussy coupled with the sounds of black and white films of summers in France.  In fact France would also be the home of another key element to the piece, the great Jaques Tati, and this is reflected in a comedic almost cartoon like section in the piece.  The 54-minute orchestral suite is a very rare setting of a full symphony orchestra, a big band plus a small group and Martin Taylor.

Award winning guitarist MARTIN TAYLOR has established a unique musical career as an internationally acclaimed musician, and his inimitable style has seen him recognised as the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz guitar playing.  As well as being a true guitar innovator, he is also a master concert performer, dazzling audiences with his solo shows, which combine virtuosity, emotion, humour, with a strong stage presence.  In addition to his solo concerts and recordings, he has also collaborated with musicians from many different musical genre including, Stephane Grappelli, Jeff Beck, Chet Atkins, Bill Wyman, George Harrison, Dionne Warwick, Sacha Distel, Bryn Terfel and Jamie Cullum.  He spends much of the year travelling the world, playing in concert halls in Europe, North America, Japan, Asia, and Australasia as well as presiding over the uniquely innovative Martin Taylor Guitar Academy online.

GUY BARKER is an award winning musician/composer and arranger.  As a trumpet player he has performed with many great artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Gil Evans, Quincy Jones, Frank Sinatra, Sting and Lena Horne.  His composing and arranging credits include The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Kurt Elling, Jamie Cullum, Paloma Faith, Melody Gardot plus many large orchestral projects for the BBC and the London Jazz Festival.  He has also composed music for films including The Talented Mr. Ripley and The Number One Ladies Detective Agency.  Two of his solo albums were nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize.

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Martin Taylor’s Gypsy Journey (Press Kit)

Martin Taylor’s Gypsy Journey

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Martin Taylor’s Gypsy Journey sees multi-award winning guitarist Martin Taylor together with two of Europe’s top musicians – gypsy pianist Jermaine Landberger and bassist Davide Petrocca, in a band that celebrates Taylor’s roots and the great gypsy tradition. As well as Martin Taylor’s solo concerts and recordings, he has also collaborated with musicians from many different musical genre including, Stephane Grappelli, Jeff Beck, Gary Burton, Chet Atkins, Bill Wyman, George Harrison, Dionne Warwick, Diane Schuur and Jamie Cullum.

‘Martin Taylor is one of the most awesome solo guitar players in the history of the instrument. He’s unbelievable’Pat Metheny

‘He out-shred’s all of us put together….I’ve never seen anything like it’ - Jeff Beck

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Chez Fernand

Leticia

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Martin Taylor and Alison Burns (Press Kit)

Martin Taylor and Alison Burns

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In this inspired pairing, internationally acclaimed guitarist MARTIN TAYLOR meets Scottish-Canadian jazz singer ALISON BURNS for an intimate concert. Taking their inspiration from the Grammy award-winning combination of Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass the evening combines repertoire from The Great American Songbook and contemporary material from Stevie Wonder. As well as Martin Taylor’s solo concerts and recordings, he has also collaborated with musicians from many different musical genre including, Stephane Grappelli, Jeff Beck, Gary Burton, Chet Atkins, Bill Wyman, George Harrison, Dionne Warwick, Diane Schuur and Jamie Cullum. Following in the lineage of Julie London and Peggy Lee, Alison Burns has built a career as an internationally recognized jazz singer performing concerts in Shanghai, New York, London and Toronto.

“Absolutely inspiring and amazing” - Pat Metheny

“Burns confirms her pedigree with the lightest of touches – imperceptibly hurrying a word here, stretching another into a soft hoot, stretching a sound into a whispering glissando” – John Fordham (The Guardian)

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If It’s Magic – Radio Edit

I’m Confessin’

Sophisticated Lady

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Martin Taylor and Alan Barnes – Press Kit

Martin Taylor and Alan Barnes

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In this inspired pairing, world-class guitarist Martin Taylor meets multi award winning reeds man Alan Barnes in an intimate duet setting. Taylor is, of course, known for his collaborations with Stephane Grappelli, Jamie Cullum and Bill Wyman and his highly successful solo career. Barnes is simply Britain’s number one mainstream reeds player having worked with artists ranging from Bjork and Bryan Ferry to Clark Tracey and Charlie Watts. The repertoire of the concert is wide ranging and will feature many tunes from their new album ‘Two for the Road’.

‘Martin Taylor and Alan Barnes dazzle with effortless brilliance’ – The Observer
‘Soothing serenity ensues when Barnes’ wandering clarinet notes wind their way around Taylor’s fine-spun acoustic. Mellow Gold.’ – Guitar & Bass Magazine

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Martin Taylor – Solo (Press Kit)

Martin Taylor – Solo

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Award winning guitarist MARTIN TAYLOR has established a unique musical career as an internationally acclaimed musician, and his inimitable style has seen him recognized as the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz guitar playing. As well as being a true guitar innovator, he is also a master concert performer, dazzling audiences with his solo shows, which combine virtuosity, emotion, humour, with a strong stage presence. As well as his solo concerts and recordings, he has also collaborated with musicians from many different musical genre including, Stephane Grappelli, Jeff Beck, Gary Burton, Chet Atkins, Bill Wyman, George Harrison, Dionne Warwick, Diane Schuur and Jamie Cullum. He spends much of the year travelling the world, playing in concert halls in Europe, North America, Japan, Asia, and Australasia as well as presiding over the uniquely innovative Martin Taylor Guitar Academy online.

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I Got Rhythm

I’m Old Fashioned

True

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