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Primary Instrument: Multi-instrumentalist

Born: March 13, 1959

Life and times of Blues Guitarist Melvin Taylor

Melvin Taylor was born in 1959 in Jackson, Mississippi. His musical roots however have always been in Chicago, where he moved with his music-loving, guitar playing family when he was just three years old. Melvin started playing guitar himself at a very young age and was inspired and influenced by some of the world's greatest blues players - many of whom lived in or near his Chicago neighborhood.

By the time he was a teenager, Melvin's incredible ability and unique style was already grabbing attention on Maxwell Street. And indeed when Joe Willie Pinetop' Perkins needed a great guitarist to play his European tour, he invited Melvin to join the Legendary Blues Band. Melvin made an immediate impact on the European circuit, and while he was in France, he cut two albums - Blues on the Run in 1982, and Plays the Blues for You in 1984....
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The New York Times - Peter Watrous ”A volcanic guitarist...the sort of virtuosity that drags an audience into a world of risks and chances and excitement.”

Jazz Times - Bill Milkowski ”Taylor's weapons are his dizzying speed, his sweeping runs, his wildman abandon and his trusty wah-wah pedal. He stuns with both.”

All Music Guide - Don Snowden ”Taylor is a total maximalist who unleashes torrents of notes to fill up every space. But he's so convincing a player that the concept of 'blues guitar hero' might get a good name again”

All Music Guide - Richard Skelly ”Taylor may well be the most talented new guitarist to come along since Stevie Ray Vaughan”

Guitar Player Magazine - Larry Birnbaum ”Melvin Taylor: the best kept secret in blues?”

Jazz Chicago Net - Little Black Pearl ”But the absolute highlight of the evening was the surprise appearance of one of Chicago's finest Blues performers, Melvin Taylor...

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