Album Remarks & Appraisals:
In the same year his critically acclaimed solo album, 'Artistry', topped the UK Jazz Charts for six weeks, Taylor and the legendary violinist Stéphane Grappelli briefly joined forces to make this remarkable duo recording. Originally released in 1993, 'Réunion' has been re-issued as part of Linn's ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label's award-winning catalogue. Taylor's signature fingerstyle frames the opening chorus of 'Drop Me Off At Harlem' showcasing the apparently negligent ease with which Taylor supplies harmony, rhythm, linking phrases and supporting melody, all at the same time. The duo's mutual admiration was sparked when, aged 23, Taylor joined Grappelli's regular touring band; their shared virtuosity and verve drew the youthful prodigy and jazz stalwart together. In later life Grappelli's playing had taken on a new ardour and a kind of fearlessness thriving on new material and new collaborations. Grappelli's style finds a perfect echo in Taylor, whose composition 'Jenna' brings out the full luxuriance of Grappelli's tone. Taylor's inimitable style, honed across five decades, has seen him recognized as the world's foremost exponent of solo jazz guitar. Taylor possesses an easy virtuosity that has earned him global acclaim from fellow musicians, fans and critics alike. Taylor is a multi-award winning guitarist whom Acoustic Guitar magazine calls 'THE acoustic guitarist of his generation'. Taylor has enjoyed a remarkable musical career with more than 100 recordings to his credit and a record 14 British Jazz Awards as a guitarist. He has collaborated Jeff Beck, Bill Wyman, Chet Atkins, Stéphane Grappelli, George Harrison, Hugh Laurie and Jamie Cullum.
Liner Note Author: Dave Gelly.
Recording information: Castlesound Studios, Pencaitland, UK (01/21/1993/01/22/1993); Studio Miraval, France (01/21/1993/01/22/1993); Castlesound Studios, Pencaitland, UK (08/13/1993); Studio Miraval, France (08/13/1993).