The James Taylor Quartet
Según una de estas leyendas urbanas el término acid jazz fue inventado por un periodista británico para describir la música de The James Taylor Quartet - algo entre el dance del acid house y el groove del jazz.
Desde sus inicios la banda ha explorado jazz-soul, funk y bandas sonoras de películas de espías. A principios de los 90, the JTQ se encontró al frente de la vibrante escena club del acid jazz ofreciendo un directo que sigue tan eficaz y bailable como el primer día.
James Taylor, gurú del Hammond, tiene un pie decididamente plantando en el nuevo milenio y el otro, igual de bien plantado, en algún lugar al sur de 1970. James ha permanecido en la vanguardia de la escena jazz funk desde su debut hace 16 años.
El primer disco de JTQ , "Mission Impossible" (1987) estableció las pautas musicales para lo que se convertiría en el sello de identidad de la banda: funky jazz, dirigido por el Hammond y cuya definición se puede resumir en la palabra groovy.
La última entrega "Room at the Top" sigue siendo el sonido más funky y más bailable del acid jazz.
James Taylor Quartet Biography
Emerging from the tragic bankruptcy of Stiff Records, James Taylor, founding member of infamous group The Prisoners - formed The James Taylor Quartet.
JTQ"s first single, "Blow Up", was released on Re Elect The President (Acid Jazz) label in 1985. It was a huge success, immediately attracting the attention of John Peel who championed it; the track appearing three years running on Peel"s seminal Festive 50 chart. After an impressive 13 weeks in the Indie Singles Chart, the band decided to start work on a mini album, titled "Mission Impossible". This debut, released in "86, was naturally featured around Taylor"s Hammond organ sound to produce classic
covers of Sixties film themes, Mission Impossible, Goldfinger, Mrs Robinson and other heavily grooving instrumental punk funk tunes. With JTQ"s following growing, the band were encouraged to put out their second album on Re Elect the President, "The Money Spyder". By the time it was released in "87, the bands attentions were being drawn away from their recording career to their now massive live audience. JTQ"s emphasis on live "dance" music has been the key to the band"s success, enabling them to establish a solid relationship between them and their fans.
With the focus now strongly on being a "live" band, The Quartet gigged relentlessly, selling out on the London club circuit. During this period, major record company interest was aroused resulting in a long term deal with Polydor. The James Taylor Quartet released three albums on Polydor, "Wait a Minute" in "88, "Get Organised" in "89 and "Do Your Own admired by numerous other acts - The Wonderstuff, Manic Street Preachers, The Pogues and U2 have all featured James and his distinctive Hammond playing on their albums.
In 1994, with chart success behind them and their established international live network, The James Taylor Quartet made the decision to go full circle and rejoin Edward Piller at the independent Acid Jazz. The first album from his new home "In the Hand of the Inevitable" was received with critical acclaim, and is Acid Jazz"s current top seller having sold over 200,000 copies - further proof that James Taylor is one of the great Hammond players of this generation. Also released was the retrospective BBC Radio Sessions LP, and for the first time James" material was released in the USA via Hollywood records with tracks from "Mission Impossible" being the highest climber in the college radio charts.
James" 10th album - "Living Underground" saw a return to the style he loved most - instrumental Hammond led rocking jazz funk workouts. It featured the stripped down to the bone sound that pays respect to the earliest JTQ hits like "Mission Impossible" and "The Money Spyder". The press respected him for the move away from commercial pop/soul and the now wholly instrumental live set ripped up crowds more than ever. 1996 saw James play two full sell out weeks at London"s Jazz Cafe and a sell out show at The Brixton Academy, as well as tours in uncharted territories from Brazil to Yugoslavia.
This year James had the chance to fulfil a dream - film theme"s always featured heavily throughout his albums and he was asked to score a theme for Austin Powers, a spy spoof starring Mike Myers (Wayne"s World). James also set up his own label JTI records, releasing a compilation album of various who he has worked with and respected over the years including Simon Bartholomew (Brand New Heavies), The Prisoners, New Jersey Kings and The Apostles. This year saw James touring the UK and Europe to support the release of MOBO - nominated "Whole Lotta Live", a new live album by the band released in May. It also saw James sign to a new label GUT records, to begin the next phase of the adventure.
The autumn of 1999 saw James featuring on the Tom Jones duets album "Reload" with "Looking out my Window" which they performed together on the National Lottery Show. James" new Album "A Bigger Picture", released December 6, coincided with a November & December club tour ending with a 6 night residency at London"s Jazz Cafe.