August 20, 2013
From: Jazz Promo Services
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SEPTEMBER 20 (Friday) at 2PM PST
Jazzfest Master Jam "Audience Favorite Performer" 2013
Applicants from 41 countries competed for 5 (five) guitarists' spots in "Master-Jam Fest
". The first season International Festival-Contest of Jazz Improvisational Skills. MJF is both a serious professional skills competition and festival. The mission of MJF is to identify the best improvising jazz artists and give them broad public recognition for their talent. In addition to spreading the idea of improvisation as an essential quality of contemporary thinking.
Judges first pick to attend the final competition in Odessa (Ukraine) is Melvin Taylor from Chicago, Illinois - USA.
Melvin began playing guitar at age 8. Blessed with a natural talent he never received any formal music training. Influenced by such greats as Wes Montgomery, Otis Rush, Albert King, Chet Atkins and Les Paul, Melvin created a unique sound by incorporating many of these styles into his playing.
Between 1983 - 2000 Melvin recorded 6 blues & jazz CD's for Evidence Records. Recently Melvin's creative focus is on his own music - composing, producing and recording multiple CD's in the past 3 years. 2010 - Beyond the Burning Guitar, a double CD featuring jazz & blues instrumentals. 2011 - Sweet Taste of Guitar, all original instrumental jazz & blues. March 5, 2013 - Taylor Made, a mix of blues, jazz and soulful funk.
All CD's are available on iTunes and other digital sites. Digital distribution through The Orchard.
The jury of the Festival will include leading jazz experts and educators, well-known jazz musicians, journalists, actors and producers for both film and TV. Chairman of the jury is People's Artist of Russia Anatoly Kroll.
MJF will be accompanied by TV and Internet broadcasts.
For more information regarding MJF please visit: www.master-jam.com
For more information regarding Melvin Taylor please visit: www.melvintaylormusic.com
Artist: MELVIN TAYLOR
Title: TAYLOR MADE - STARRING MELVIN TAYLOR
Label: Melvin Taylor Productions
UPC Code: 887845566171
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Track listing, track times and composer:
1. Whenever I See You 4:22
2. Blue Moon 4:10
3. Heartache 4:20
4. Beneath the Sunset 3:17
5. Do Your Thing - written by Isaac Hayes.
Arranged and adapted by Melvin Taylor 3:31
6. Time Out 4:12
Recording Dates: Recorded at Misty Creek Studios,
Fairfax, VA 2012
Artists Home Market: USA
Musicians: Melvin Taylor - guitar & rhythm guitar
Melvin Taylor - bass guitar
Rick Jones - Keyboards
Lou Dupont - Drums
Melvin Taylor - vocals (Whenever I See You)
Bernell Anderson - vocals (Heartache)
Produced by: Melvin Taylor Productions and
Beth Pope Artist Management
Melvin Taylor is a veteran guitar master often referred to as a guitar
player's guitarist. Folks familiar with Melvin know to expect the
unexpected and he delivers on "Taylor Made". Melvin's love of music
shines through as he crosses over many styles - mixing fluid jazz,
blues, rock and soulful moments. One is dazzled by his imagination and
ability to adapt to such a variety of music. From the heart of this
incredible artist we realize Melvin's complete devotion to each type of
music, capturing the humanity of Melvin's spirit. It's "Taylor Made".
Melvin Taylor is a Blues/Jazz/Rock guitar virtuoso. To describe the
phenomenal talent of Taylor, one would have to list 'amazing,
exhilarating, skillful and dazzling, at the very least. His explosive
and erupting blues based style, mixed with rock and jazz runs, leaves
you breathless. He is an absolutely stunning performer, which puts him
in a class with such guitar greats as Jimmy Reed, Carlos Santana, Stevie
Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix. Critics have written, Melvin Taylor is a
volcanic guitarist; he can also rock hard and has enough sensitivity for
jazz.'His execution of lightening speed runs, infused with jazz
embellishments reminiscent of Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Jimi
Hendrix and Kenny Burell are mind boggling. The most dynamic aspect of
his unique sound is his ability to combine so many styles into well
"Taylor's arsenal consists of blinding speed, a feverish wah-wah pedal,
a range of tones that leaps from groans to squeals, and notes bent so
dramatically that his guitar sounds like it's retching. Taylor succeeds
because he's a virtuoso who pushes the limits of his own skills."
-Living Blues Magazine
"One of the most exhilarating blues guitarists to emerge in the past
decade...[he] is more a blues innovator than a purist, mixing jazz chords
and rock influences into his tapestry of electric blues." -Rolling Stone
"A volcanic guitarist...the sort of virtuosity that drags an audience into
a world of risks and chances and excitement." -The New York Times
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