BLUES MATTERS MAGAZINE REVIEW

John P Taylor band are a musical melting pot of like-minded musicians and songwriters, creating what they describe as ‘original Americana based blues with a groove’.

North Yorkshire based founder member John P Taylor, an established musician and producer for over thirty years, assembled the collective as a writing and recording project back in 2015. With a fine pedigree of players and composers, the album ‘Realtime’ was conceived, recorded and finally released in February 2017.

Guitarist Geoff Keeler was first on board having already worked with Taylor on various projects, including Sods Law. Fronting his own blues-rock band Outside In, has given him considerable experience writing and performing, making it an easy collaboration. Having a healthy penchant for session work and recording in general, made the prospect a no brainer for Keeler.

The hugely experienced Kevin Leach joined on keys. With half a dozen albums alongside the multi platinum selling Chris Rea under his belt, the input from Leach has been invaluable. His background of jazz and soul has also brought an interesting slant to some of the tracks’ arrangements. This can be heard particularly on numbers such as ‘Unforgiven’ and ‘Café Jura’.

Bassist Chris Ringer, along with his harmonic prowess adds a further dimension to the soulful sound of this group. His CV reads like a who’s who of songwriters and performers, particularly with a roots background. Notably contemporary folk outfit Prelude.

A solid partnership has been forged with drummer and percussionist Dan Higgins also of Deever. Once again, having worked with Taylor live and in the studio environment, Higgins is a musician who thrives when writing and recording but comes into his own when playing live.

Unfortunately, recent health issues have resulted in Kevin Leach having to withdraw from the band’s touring schedule. This has led to the introduction of brilliant pianist and writer, Chris Groom. His style and diversity have made it a seamless transition and going forward, there’s a keen anticipation within the band, as writing and recording material gets underway for a new album release next year.

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Written by G P Sarto

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