Steve Taylor Big Band Explosion | Explosion (Live in London)

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Explosion (Live in London)

by Steve Taylor Big Band Explosion

London-based, 16-piece, drummer-led Steve Taylor Big Band eXpLoSiOn, dazzles the crowds at The London Jazz Festival and Soho’s premier jazz clubs. Classic swing, jazz, fusion & latin flavours abound at the Festivals most spectacular finale recorded LIVE soon after their spellbinding debut Ronnie Scott's show.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Big Band
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2. Wind Machine
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3. Party Time
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4. Samba Del Gringo
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5. Cajun Cooking
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6. Apron Strings
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7. Count Bubba
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8. The Chicken
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9. Ode to Billie Jo
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10. Too Close for Comfort
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12. West Side Story medley
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Top UK Drummer STEVE TAYLOR leads His "Fiery and Hard Hitting" Big Band (Time Out) in this World Class Live performance worthy of late-great Drumming icon Buddy Rich himself.

"Dynamic, powerhouse drumming with a Richian flavour" (Rhythm Magazine)

"Steve is recognised as one of the most talented drummers in the UK"

This album combines classic arrangements, alongside fresh new music.
The performance showcases compositions from, Bob Mintzer, Gordon Goodwin, Mike Tomaro, Sammy Nestico, Beady Bell, plus Steve's own arrangements.

Taylor is rapidly becoming known as one of the top exponents of the Big Band drumming art.

"playing with his own fire"(Rhythm mag)

This is high energy, electrifying big band music of the highest quality.
The Band features some of the finest talent in the UK. Also featuring Slick Scottish Vocalist Josie Frater (Randy Brecker/ World Runners)
Tenor sax soloists Vasilis Xenopolous, Richard Sheppard plus BBC award winning young Jazz Trumpeter Ed Benstead.

“Live in London” showcases Taylor's unquestionable skill and commitment to a greater musical art form.
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excerpts from Live columnest - Lex Adarme Pulp Mag:

Steve Taylor Big Band eXpLoSiOn
Live in London - London Jazz Festival 2010

“one of the London Jazz Festival’s most spectacular finales”.

The London-based, 16-piece, drummer-led Steve Taylor Big Band dazzled the crowds at London Soho’s premier jazz clubs. Ronnie Scott’s & Spice of Life

The band’s repertoire consisted of Buddy Rich favorites, some of which were adapted to be original arrangements, plus a few original compositions. As a decent balance of what the audience expected, what any serious musician would approve of, and also what an everyday jazz-listener would appreciate, I was impressed with the set. I also knew I wasn’t the only one.

The warm, delighted smiles lit across the faces of every gentleman and lady in the house. Clapping, cheering at the end of every piece, and appropriately after each band member performed their solos, I was awed.

the crowd was extra attentive to the Steve Taylor Big Band.

Josie Frater, the scatting, sassy singer, was a shining star. As a percussionist from one song to the next, stealing the spotlight on the microphone was wonderfully unexpected.

The band showed off their versatility and sensitivity to the genre following up-tempo pieces with slower ones. The moderated feel, coupled with the variation of added jazz vocals and brushes on the snare, created a mood uniquely reposeful.

After relishing in faster, easily arresting favorites, Steve Taylor appropriately kept the audience interested and intrigued. His drumming was skilful. His ride never failed to sing, sweetly, and his orchestration, particularly in slower tempo songs, was creative. He managed some spectacular licks drummers like me could only dream of doing.

Certainly, the drummer in me was satisfied enough not only seeing a drummer so proficient, but one that also took the spotlight leading the big band, as passionately as Buddy Rich did.

The smile on Taylor’s face was always bigger and wider than anyone’s; because he was enjoying himself first and foremost, and because he was so willing to perform the next piece at full throttle.

There was an unstoppable energy in him. Taylor still confidently displayed his Buddy-esque style, piece after piece. Any drummer-punishing jokes would be silenced.

the band’s rendition of “West Side Story” was a fitting grand finale. Without a doubt, the Steve Taylor Big Band eXpLoSiOn delivered the London Jazz Festivals’ most spectacular finale.




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