Dennis Taylor —
Dayspring ... LP Dayspring/Morning Trip (Netherlands), 1983. New Copy (reissue)...
Tremendous acoustic guitar work from Dennis Taylor – an obscure player who issued this own album himself in a very small edition – but one we'd rank right up there with some of the bigger giants of the solo acoustic universe! At some level, Taylor's got a lot of Alex DeGrassi in his mode – that more deft, layered style that was emerging from the American acoustic underground at the end of the 70s – but he also has an ability to maybe step back for some of the more offbeat, introspective qualities of the generation before – not Takoma Records exactly, but clearly with an experimental ear that continues to keep things interesting throughout. A great lost classic, and one of those records that really blows you away when you remember that you're just hearing one guy, on one instrument – on titles that include "Going Nowhere Fast", "Bicycle Town", "Roses Of Thy Garden", "Spanish Dancer", "Reflection Of The Dayspring", "In The Silence", and "From The East To The West". LP, Vinyl record album
Forget the hokey title of this one, this is one of the best Frank Foster sets of the 70s! By the time of this 1978 recording, Foster had developed into a stunning tenor talent filled with influences that ranged from Lester Young to late Coltrane. His writing and playing in the 70s was filled with a keen desire to experiment, yet still had firm roots in the soulful traditions that held his past – and you'll hear a stunning set of performances in session recorded with Frank's Loud Minority group – here a very big ensemble, with players that include Charlie Persip, Mickey Tucker, Ted Dunbar, and Virgil Jones. Titles include "Hills Of The North Rejoice", "Dayspring", "Tomorrow's Blues Today", and "Love Scene". LP, Vinyl record album