Fred Taylor

Born: July 2, 1954    Primary Instrument: Drums

Fred Taylor

Fred Taylor is a drummer, pianist, composer and arranger, born in Spokane Washington in 1954. He started classical piano studies at the age of 5 with Rosalyn Moldenhauer at the Spokane Conservatory, then drums starting at age 10 with Fred Hartley. In the Seattle area he studied drums with Dave Stetler and Joe Field, arranging with Ralph Mutchler at Olympic College, and later in life drums with Kim Plainfield, Vince Cherico, and Pat Petrillo at the Drummer's Collective in New York City. Playing professionally since the age of 14, he first toured in Jerry Hegarty's country trio in 1972, then with the great CC Pinckney for several years until the later 1970s...
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Richard Kamins, Cadence Jazz Review November 1982

Court of Circe

“Taylor is a solid drummer ... He sounds like Jack DeJohnette, building his solos on polyrhythms and splashing cymbals.”

Clive Griffin, Jazz Improv Magazine August 2007


“There is nothing to criticize musically about the committed creative efforts of these experienced players.”

Dave Miele, Jazz Improv NYC Guide Magazine January 2009


“(Taylor, Ackerman and Crane) play as one living breathing entity throughout Circling.”

John Vincent, April 2009


“...a satisfying disc worthy of repeated listening.”

With the Essex Improviser's Collective

Album Name: Essex Improviser's Collective - Lifting The Light
Record Label: Fred Taylor Music
Year Released: 2012
Tracks: Piece 1: Spit trumpet and hot rods whirlwind; Piece 2: Clarinet swing and bass bembe; Piece 3: Alto, trumpet and flute meditation; Piece 4: Pseudo-operatic theatrics with bass and trumpet; Piece 5: Flute and chime exploration with alto; Piece 6: Broken clave with two drumsets; Piece 7: Tom-tom concerto with alto and shaker; Piece 8: Trumpet and alto with hip-hop ending and drum solo; Piece 9: Drums, bass and clarinet with vocal rap; Piece 10: Flute, alto and bass with trumpet exploration; Piece 11: Flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone and shaver; Piece 12: Twin drum set solo with trumpet, sax, bass; Piece 13: Single drumset and mute trumpet dance; Piece 14: Full band exploration; Piece 15: The Pomawow song.
Personnel: Fred Taylor, drums, percussion; Bob Ackerman,clarinet, flute, saxophones; Herb Robertson, trumpet, flugelhorn, valve trombone, percussion, vocals; Chris Lough, double bass; Adrian Valosin, drums.

As a Leader

Album Name: Fred Taylor Trio - Live at Cecil's Volume 1
Record Label: Fred Taylor Music
Year Released: 2009
Tracks: Sonnymoon for Two; Moon and Sand; What is this Thing Called Love?; Lauren's Waltz; Bela's Bounce; Circling; LTD's Ballad; My Response (K.G.); Swingin' Shepherd Blues; Bag's Groove.
Personnel: Fred Taylor, drums, percussion; Bob Ackerman, woodwinds; Rick Crane, double bass.

Album Name: Fred Taylor Trio - Circling
Record Label: Fred Taylor Music
Year Released: 2008
Tracks: Circling; Dear Old Stockholm; Moon and Sand; Dexter's Thing; LTD's Ballad; My Response (K.G.); Inventions I and II; Lauren's Waltz.
Personnel: Fred Taylor, drums, percussion; Bob Ackerman, woodwinds; Rick Crane, double bass.

Album Name: Fred Taylor and Inquest - Processional
Record Label: Crinkle Music
Year Released: 2006
Tracks: Binky's Beam; Windows; Processional; Fall; Icarus; Bela's Bounce; Inquest; Dude Heavers.
Personnel: Fred Taylor, drums, percussion; Gary Rollins, guitars; James Clark, electric and double bass; Craig Lawrence, woodwinds.

Album Name: Fred Taylor - Court of Circe
Record Label: Crinkle Music
Year Released: 1982
Tracks: Flutterby's Waltz; Rio Skyline; Elegy-to the memory of Dayle Bates; Court of Circe; Snowy Blues; A Lifetime or Two.
Personnel: Fred Taylor, drums, percussion; J. Andrew Carr-keyboards; Robert Shangrow, electric bass; Steve Allen - double bass; Craig Lawrence, woodwinds; Mike Edwards, woodwinds; Brian Chambers, guitar; Dick Cady, keyboards; Larry Turner, electric bass; Julian Catford, guitar; Craig Schroeder, trumpet; Janice Lakers, vocals.

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Mukilteo, WA

Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students

Top quality drum instruction is offered by Fred Taylor at the studio or the student's home. Instruction courses are individually tailored to the age, experience level, and musical goals of the student. A strong emphasis on sight reading, snare drum rudiments, limb independence and 4-way coordination are standard elements of all of Fred's instruction programs. Other topics include: Double bass drum technique and applications; advanced jazz, funk, and fusion playing; commercial musicianship and pop styles; Afro-Cuban rhythms, congas, bongos, and timbales. Currently, lessons are offered in the New York area at Fred's home in New Jersey. The Mukilteo studio is inactive until Fred returns to Washington State on a full-time basis. Students of any age and experience level are welcome. Rates: $35 for a 1-hour lesson at the studio; $50 for at-home lessons. Phone or e-mail Fred for more information.

Clinic/Workshop Information:
Current clinic is entitled “Beyond Swing – Bridging Jazz and Fusion with Odd Meters on the Drum Set” and is a demonstratino and discussion about approaching odd time and 'floating upbeats'.

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