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Martin Taylor

Born: October 20, 1956    Primary Instrument: Guitar

Martin Taylor

Multi award winning guitarist and composer MARTIN TAYLOR has established a unique musical career as an internationally acclaimed musician, and his inimitable style has seen him recognized as the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz guitar playing.

Although completely self taught, he has enjoyed a remarkable musical career spanning across five decades, and during that time has invented and developed a way of playing the guitar that is admired, and often imitated, by guitarists all over the world. As well as being a true guitar innovator, he is also a master concert performer, dazzling audiences with his solo shows, which combine virtuosity, emotion, humor, with a strong stage presence....
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Awards:

1985 Music Retailer’s Association Award For Excellence 1987 British Jazz Awards, Best Guitarist 1987 Grammy Nomination: Best Country Instrumental, ‘Together At Last’ (Grappelli-Clements) 1988 British Jazz Awards, Best Guitarist 1989 British Jazz Awards, Best Guitarist 1990 British Jazz Awards, Best Guitarist 1991 British Jazz Awards, Best Guitarist 1993 British Jazz Awards, Best Guitarist 1995 British Jazz Awards, Best Guitarist 1997 British Jazz Awards, Best Guitarist 1997 British Jazz Awards, Best Small Group: Martin Taylor’s Spirit of Django 1998 Freedom of the City of London 1999 British Jazz Awards, Best Guitarist 1999 British Academy of Composers and Songwriters ‘Gold Badge of Merit’ 1999 Honorary Doctorate University of the West of Scotland 2001 British Jazz Awards, Best Guitarist 2002 Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), awarded by HM the Queen for Services to Music 2002 International Guitar Foundation, Best Album: Solo 2003 Pioneer to the Life of the Nation, awarded by HM the Queen 2005 Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, City of London 2007 BBC Radio 2 ‘Heart Of Jazz’ Award 2007 British Jazz Awards, Best Guitarist 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award NWJS 2008 International Association For Jazz Education, Outstanding Service to Jazz Education 2010 Honorary Doctorate Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 2012 Scottish Jazz Awards, Best Live Jazz 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award, Ards International Guitar Festival
‘Martin Taylor is one of the most awesome solo guitar players in the history of the instrument. He’s unbelievable’ – Pat Metheny ‘He out-shred’s all of us put together….I’ve never seen anything like it’ – Jeff Beck “Europe’s finest guitarist” – JazzTimes “The man is no less than a guitar genius” – Martin Bashir (MSNBC Anchor) “There is a touch of genius in his playing” – Classical Guitar Magazine “No matter how complex or daring, Taylor’s interpretations never short change the melodies; indeed, his remarkable fluid touch embues a seamless beauty. Martin Taylor is something to behold.” – The Washington Post “Taylor is the finest British guitarist of his generation” – The Times of London “Martin Taylor is one of the greatest and most impressive guitar players in the world.” – Chet Atkins
As a Leader/Co-Leader


1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008


As a Side Musician


1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008


As a Leader/Co-Leader


1978


Martin Taylor: Taylor Made
Wave
London, England, 1978.
Tracks: On Green Dolphin Street; Emily; Minor Truth; Oh, Lady Be Good; St. Thomas; My Latin Brother; Teach Me Tonight; Watch What Happens; Scrapple From The Apple.
Personnel: Martin Taylor: guitar; Peter Ind: bass; John Richardson: drums.


1979


Martin Taylor / Ike Isaacs: After Hours
JTC
London, England, 1979.
Tracks: After Hours; What's New; Wave; What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life; Drop Me Off In Harlem; You Stepped Out Of A Dream; Body And Soul; Where Is Love?; Don't Get Around Much Any More; Over The Rainbow.
Personnel: Ike Isaacs, Martin Taylor: guitar.


Martin Taylor: Triple Libra
Wave
London, England, 1979.
Tracks: Manhattan Tea Party; Senor Mouse; Ginger; Triple Libra; Windows; Bright Sized Life; Waiting; Green Eyes.
Personnel: Martin Taylor: guitar; Peter Ind: bass.


1980


Martin Taylor: Skye Boat
Concord
San Francisco, CA, 1980.
Tracks: Mouse's Spinney; St. Thomas; Skye Boat Song; Falling In Love With Love; Check It Out; Body And Soul; Billie's Bounce; Stompin At The Savoy.
Personnel: Martin Taylor: guitar; Peter Ind: bass; Jimmie Smith: drums.


Stéphane Grappelli / Martin Taylor: We've Got The World On A String
EMI
Abbey Road Studios, London, England, 1980.
Tracks: She's Funny That Way; Don't Get Around Much Any More; Manhattan Tea Party; Here There And Everywhere; I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me; Ol' Man River; It Had To Be You; Je Ne Sais Plus; I've Got The World On A String; Manoir De Mes Rêves; Daphne.
Personnel: Stéphane Grappelli: violin, piano; Martin Taylor: guitar.


1984


Buddy De Franco / Martin Taylor: Groovin'
Hep
1984.
Tracks: Whisperin'; I Got A Right; Manhattan Tea Party; Goodbye; Just Friends; Angel's Camp; Dark Island; Prelude To A Kiss; I Got Rhythm / Anthropology.
Personnel: Buddy DeFranco: clarinet; Martin Taylor: guitar; Alex Sharp: piano; Ronnie Rae: bass; Clark Tracy: drums.


Sketches: A Tribute To Art Tatum
CP/P3
Edinburgh, Scotland, 1984.
Tracks: Ol' Man River; Don’t Get Around Much Anymore; Blues For Mr T; It’s Only A Paper Moon; I’ve Got The World On A String; Honeysuckle Rose; How High The Moon; Takin’ A Chance On Love; Time After Time; All The Things You Are.
Personnel: Martin Taylor: guitar.
Note: On the 2006 P3 reissue, three previously unissued tracks with Ike Isaacs (guitar) from 1978 are included as a bonus (All The Things You Are; Cotton Tail; Misty).


1985


Louis Stewart & Martin Taylor: Acoustic Guitar Duets
Livia/Jardis
Dublin, Ireland, July 1985.
Tracks: Pick Yourself Up; Morning Of The Carnival; Jive At Five; Comin' Thro' The Rye; Cherokee; Stompin' At The Savoy; Darn That Dream; Farewell To Erin.
Personnel: Louis Stewart, Martin Taylor: guitar.
so issued as Supersession


1987


Martin Taylor: Sarabanda
Gaia
Los Angeles, CA, June 23-26, 1987.
Tracks: Mornin'; Call To Sarabanda; They Can't Take That Away From Me; Jenna; Cherokee Ridge; Holiday For Two; I Remember Clifford; Déjà Vu; Don't Blame Me; I Got Rhythm; An Eilen Dhu (The Dark Island).
Personnel: Sal Marquez: trumpet; Pete Christlieb: sax; Mike Wofford: piano; Steve Dancz, Mile Lwaler: synthesizer; Stéphane Grappelli: violin; Martin Taylor, Davis Causey: guitar; David Hungate, John Patitucci: bass; Ralph Humphrey: drums; Paulinho Da Costa: percussion.


Buddy De Franco / Martin Taylor: Garden Of Dreams
Pro Arte
London, England, 1987.
Tracks: 73 Berkley St.; Sunshine State; I Remember Clifford; Mysteria; Blues For Breakfast; Holiday For Two; Garden Of Dreams; Brazilian Dorian Dreams; Jenna; Given Time.
Personnel: Buddy DeFranco: clarinet; David Newton: piano; Martin Taylor: guitar; Alec Dankworth: bass; Clark Tracy: drums.


1990


Martin Taylor: Don't Fret
Linn
Abbey Road Studios, London, England, 1990.
Tracks: I Love You; Blue In Green; I’m Old Fashioned; Laverne Walk; Moonlight In Vermont; Mugavero; Don’t Fret; You Know It’s True.
Personnel: David Newton: piano, synthesizer; Martin Taylor: guitar; Dave Green: bass; Allan Ganley: drums.


1991


Martin Taylor: Change Of Heart
Linn
Castlesound Studios, Pentcaitland, Scotland, June 4 & 5, 1991.
Tracks: 73 Berkeley Street; The Gypsy; You Don't Know Me; After Hours; Change Of Heart; I Get Along Without You Very Well; Angel's Camp.
Personnel: David Newton: piano; Martin Taylor: guitar; Brian Shiels: bass; John Rae: drums.


Gordon Giltrap / Martin Taylor: A Matter Of Time
Prestige / P3
England, 1991.
Tracks: Across The Pond; Shady Tales; Green Lady; The Lord's Seat; Ginger; A Matter Of Time; Empty; Collins Meadow; Song For Alex; G & T Blues; Down The River.
Personnel: Gordon Giltrap, Martin Taylor: guitar.
Note: The P3 release (called Giltrap & Taylor) includes four bonus live tracks (Down The River; Collins Meadow; Dancing With Your Shadow; Shady Tales).


1992


Artistry
Linn
Langley Studios, Devon, England, May 20-22, 1992.
Tracks: Polka Dots And Moonbeams; Stella By Starlight; Teach Me Tonight; The Dolphin; Georgia On My Mind; They Can't Take That Away From Me; Here, There And Everywhere/Day Tripper; Just Squeeze Me; Gentle Rain; Cherokee; That Certain Smile.
Personnel: Martin Taylor: guitar.


1993


Stéphane Grappelli / Martin Taylor: Reunion
Linn
Studio Miraval, France, January 21 & 22, 1993.
Tracks: Jive At Five; Willow Weep For Me; Drop Me Off In Harlem; Miraval; Jenna; Reunion; Emily; Hotel Splendid; La Dame Du Lac; I Thought About You; It's Only A Paper Moon.
Personnel: Stéphane Grappelli: violin; Martin Taylor: guitar.


1994


Martin Taylor: Spirit Of Django
Linn
Castlesound Studios, Pentcaitland, Scotland, June 27 - 29 & August 8, 1994.
Tracks: Chez Fernand; Minor Swing; Night And Day; Nuages; James; Double Top; Django's Dream; Swing '42; Oh, Lady Be Good; Honeysuckle Rose; Johnny And Mary.
Personnel: Dave O'Higgins: tenor sax, soprano sax; Jack Emblow: accordion; Martin Taylor, John Goldie: guitar; Alec Dankworth: bass, cabasa; James Taylor: drums.


1995


David Grisman / Martin Taylor: Tone Poems II
Acoustic Disk
Dawg Studios, Mill Valley, CA, January 1995.
Tracks: Swanee; Teasin' The Frets; It Had To Be You; Please; Mood Indigo; Anything Goes; Blue Moon; Lulu's Back In Town; Tears; Jeepers Creepers; Over The Rainbow; Musette For A Magpie; Mairzy Doats; Besame Mucho; Unforgettable; Here's That Rainy Day; My Romance; Out Of Nowhere; Crystal Silence.
Personnel: David Grisman: guitar, mandolin, mandola, mandocello; Martin Taylor: guitar.


Martin Taylor: Portraits
Linn
Tom Bruner Stusio, Nashville, TN, July 26, 1995°.
Müggenpark Studio, Hamburg, Germany, November 24, 1995¹.
Funny Farm Studios, Scotland, December 12, 1995².
CA Workshop, Nashville, TN, 1987³.
Tracks: Shiny Stockings¹; Like Someone In Love¹; Sweet Lorraine*°; I Got Rhythm°; Why Did I Choose You?°; My Funny Valentine°; Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans*°; I Remember Clifford°; Ol' Man River°; Here, There And Everywhere*³; In A Mellow Tone²; My One And Only Love°; Kiko²; Very Early°.
Personnel: Martin Taylor, Chet Atkins*: guitar.


Martin Taylor and Academy: Guitar Moods
Ultimate/Hit Label
1995.
Tracks: Tears In Heaven; Arthur's Theme; Going Home; Invisible; Up Where We Belong; All The Time In The World; La Isla Bonita; Talking In Your Sleep; Fragile; Back For Good; Take My Breath Away; I Can Prove It; Island Of Dreams; Only You; The Water Is Wide; Every Time We Say Goodbye; Is This Love; Johnny And Mary; When We Dance; Promise Me; True; There Must Be An Angel; Easy; A Little Bit More; Air On The G String; Orinoco Flow; Hello; Everything I Do, I Do It For You; Summertime; Everybody's Talking; The Sound Of Silence; God Only Knows; And I Love Her; Killing Me Softly; Nature Boy; The Crying Game; Everybody Wants To Rule The World; Loving You; Crying; Cavatina.
Personnel: Martin Taylor: guitar.


1996


Martin Taylor and Spirit of Django: Years Apart
Linn
Wyndales House, Symington, Scotland, March 25-27, 1996.
Acousti Studios, Paris, France, March 29, 1996.
Castle Cava Studios, Pencaitland, Scotland, April 8, 1996.
Tracks: Sweet Sue Just You; Going Home Again; Undecided; Musette For A Magpie; I Can't Give You Anything But Love; Czardas; Hi Lily, Hi Lo; Dinah; Years Apart; Chicago; The Gypsy; Manoir De Mes Rêves.
Personnel: Gerard Presencer: flügelhorn; Dave O'Higgins: soprano sax, alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax; Jack Emblow: accordion; Martin Taylor, John Goldie: guitar: Stéphane Grappelli: violin; Terry Gregory: bass; James Taylor: percussion; Claire Martin: vocals.


1996-1997

Martin Taylor and Spirit of Django: Gipsy
Linn
On tour in England, September - October 1996; Anshin Studio, Scotland, July 1997.
Tracks: Gypsy Medley; My Vardo; Chicago; Chez Fernand; Tears; Kushti; Nuages; I Can't Give You Anything But Love; Dreaming Of You; Sweet Sue Just You; Musette For A Magpie; Chillin' With Oscar; Squid Kid.
Personnel: Dave O'Higgins: soprano sax, alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax; Jack Emblow: accordion; Martin Taylor, John Goldie; Terry Gregory: bass; James Taylor: percussion.


1997


Martin Taylor: Two's Company
Linn
Festival Studios, Sydney, Australia, 1997.
Tracks: Bewitched; I've Never Been In Love Before; Skylark; Willow Weep For Me; Billie's Bounce; Royal Garden Blues; I Thought About You; I'll Never Be The Same; Triste; You're My Everything; I'm Beginning To See The Light; You Stepped Out Of A Dream; When I Fall In Love; Gone With The Wind; Everything Happens To Me; Don't Blame Me; My Foolish Heart.
Personnel: James Morrison: trumpet, trombone; Bob Barnard: cornet; Martin Taylor, George Golla, Jim Pennel, Peter Zog: guitar; Johnny Nicol: guitar, vocals; Ian Date: banjo; Suzanne Wyllie: vocals.


Shannon Gibbons / Martin Taylor: A Jimmy Van Heusen Songbook
Degga
1997.
Tracks: The Second Time Around; It Could Happen To You; Like Someone In Love; Polka Dots And Moonbeams; I Thought About You; Come Dance With Me; Darn That Dream; Here's That Rainy Day; Imagination; But Beautiful.
Personnel: Martin Taylor: guitar; Rufus Reid: bass; Shannon Gibbons: vocals.


Steve Howe / Martin Taylor: Masterpiece Guitars
TCG / P3
Lidditz, PA, 1997.
Tracks: Two Teardrops; No Pedestrians; Smile; La Questa; All The Things You Are; Thank Heaven For Little Girls; Ginger; Blue Bossa; Cherokee Ridge; The Sunrise Of Your Smile; Goofus; Moon River; A Fond Kiss/Farewell To Erin; Somewhere; Harpnosis.
Personnel: Martin Taylor, Steve Howe: guitar, mandolin, banjo.


1998


In Concert
Milestone
The Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, Pittsburgh, PA, June 1998.
Tracks: They Can't Take That From Me; Why Did I Choose You?; In A Mellow Tone; Georgia On My Mind; I Got Rhythm; I'm Old Fashioned; The Dolphin; Sweet Lorraine; Stella By Starlight; Lulu's Back In Town; I Remember Clifford; Taking A Chance On Love.
Personnel: Martin Taylor: guitar.


1999


Martin Taylor: Kiss And Tell
Columbia
Quad Studios, NYC & The Doghouse, Nashville, TN, 1999.
Tracks: Kiss And Tell; You've Changed; The Odd Couple; Garden Of Dreams; What A Friend We Have In Jesus; Midnight At The Oasis; Mona Lisa; Five-0; Sun Step; Ginger; Midnight Voyage; The Nearness Of You; Untitled (Hidden Track).
Personnel: Randy Brecker: flugelhorn; Kirk Whalum: soprano sax, tenor sax; George Garzone: tenor sax; Matt Rollings: piano, keyboards, organ; Brian Siewert: keyboards; Martin Taylor, Pat Bergeron: guitar; Jay Ashey: vocals, trombone, tamborim; John Catchings: violin; Kristin Wilkinson: viola; David Davidson: cello; Eddie Gomez, Chris Kent: bass; Eric Darken: percussion.


Martin Taylor / David Grisman: I'm Beginning To See The Light
Acoustic Discs
Dawg Studios, Mill Valley, CA, 1999.
Tracks: I'm Beginning To See The Light; Autumn Leaves; Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans; East Of The Sun; Autumn In New York; Makin' Whoopee; Lover Man; Exactly Like You; Willow Weep For Me; A Foggy Day; Cheek To Cheek; Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered; If I Had You.
Personnel: Martin Taylor: guitar; David Grisman: mandoline; Jim Kerwin: bass; George Marsh: drums.


2001


Martin Taylor: Nitelife
Columbia
The Dog House and The Coloring Book, Nashville, TN, 2001.
Tracks: Chaff And Grain; Doctor Spin; That's The Way Of The World; Deja Vu; Hymne À L'Amour; Nitelife; Green Lady; Beboptimism; Across The Pond; I Get Along Without You Very Well.
Personnel: Jim Reid: soprano sax; Jim Horn: alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax; Kirk Whalum: tenor sax; Brian Siewert, John Stoddart: keyboards; Martin Taylor, Steve Buckingham, Mike Durham: guitar; David Davidson, David Angel: violin; Kristin Wilkinson, Monisa Angell: viola; Viktor Krauss, David Hungate: bass; Chester Thompson: drums; Michelle Anne Williams: vocals.


Nobuya Sugawa / Martin Taylor: Jenna
Toshiba/EMI
Toshiba EMI 3rd Studio, Tokyo, Japan, April 1-3 & 10, 2001.
Tracks: Jenna; Time Of New Leaves; Something Good; Where are You?; Alfie; Ye Banks and Braes; Junk; Only Time; The Water Is Wide; The Last Rose Of Summer; The Knack; Ginger.
Personnel: Nobuya Sugawa: sax; Martin Taylor: guitar.


Nobuya Sugawa / Martin Taylor: Sakura
Toshiba/EMI
Tokyo, Japan, 2001/2002?.
Tracks: Sakura; Green Rain; Nostalgia; Cocoon; Tell Me A Story; Blue; White Forest; A Summer Day; Sakura Of Four Seasons.
Personnel: Nobuya Sugawa: sax; Martin Taylor: guitar; Masashi Shinozaki: violin.


2002


Martin Taylor: Solo
P3
2002.
Tracks: I'm Old Fashioned; True; Moose the Mooche; I Thought About You; I'm on My Way; Darn That Dream; Lil' Darlin'; In a Mellow Tone; Tennessee Waltz; Girl Talk; My Romance; Some Day My Prince Will Come; Joy Spring; Wasabi Greens.
Personnel: Martin Taylor: guitar.


Martin Taylor: Gypsy Journey
P3
Ergoldsbach, Germany, November 25-28, 2002.
Tracks: Chez Fernand; True; Leticia; Nigloswing; Une Histoire Simple; My Vardo; Tipsy Gypsy; Hungaria; Manoir De Mes Rêves.
Personnel: Jermaine Landsberger: piano; Martin Taylor: guitar; Davide Petrocca: bass; Scotty Gottwald: drums.


2004


Martin Taylor: The Valley
The Guitar Label
London, England, 2004.
Tracks: Wanna Know What It's Like To Be Free; The Fair Haired Child; The Valley°; Bridge Over Troubled Water¹; God Bless The Child¹; Somewhere; Hymn; Don't Know Why; Bewitched Bothered And Bewildered; I've Got You Under My Skin²; Have You Met Miss Jones; Kwame.
Personnel: Martin Taylor, Simon Dinnagan°: guitar; Bryn Terfel¹, Sacha Distel²: vocals.


2007


Martin Taylor: Freternity
P3
2007.
Tracks: Making The Move; Freternity; Skylark; Stella By Starlight; Joyspring; Chez Fernand; You Know It's True; Lullaby Of The Leaves; The Odd Couple; Kissing Bug; Li'l Darlin'.
Personnel: Guy Barker: trumpet; David Newton: piano; Martin Taylor: guitar; Ewan Vernal: bass; Steve Brown: drums; Alison Burns: vocals.


As a Side Musician


1980


Strictly For The Birds
Yehudi Menuhin / Stéphane Grappelli
EMI
Abbey Road Studios, London, England, 1980.
Tracks: A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square; Lullaby of Birdland; When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along; Skylark; Bye Bye Blackbird; Coucou; Flamingo; Dinah; Rosetta; Sweet Sue, Just You; Once in Love With Amy; Laura; Route du Roi; Sweet Georgia Brown.
Personnel: James W. Buck, David Cripps, John Pigneguy, John Rooke: french horn; Laurie Holloway: piano; Martin Taylor, John Etheridge: guitar; David Snell: harp; Lennie Bush: bass; Ronnie Verrell: drums; Yehudi Menuhin, Stéphane Grappelli: solo violin; Peter Benson, Erich Gruenberg, Bernard Partridge, John Sharpe, John Willison, Hugh Maguire, Kevin Duffy: violin.


At The Winery
Stéphane Grappelli
Concord
Paul Masson Winery, California, 1980.
Tracks: You Are The Sunshine Of My Life; Love For Sale; Angel's Camp; Willow Weep For Me; Chicago; Taking A Chance On Love; Minor Swing; Let's Fall In Love; Just You, Just Me.
Personnel: Stephane Grappelli: violin; Martin Taylor, John Etheridge: guitar; Jack Sewing: bass.


Vintage 1981
Stéphane Grappelli
Concord
San Francisco, CA, 1980.
Tracks: Blue Moon; It's Only A Paper Moon; Jamie; I'm Coming Virginia; I Can't Get Started; Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans; But Not For Me; If I Had You; Isn't She Lovely; Swing '42; Honeysuckle Rose.
Personnel: Stephane Grappelli: violin, keyboards; Mike Gari, Martin Taylor: guitar; Jack Sewing: bass.


1981


Top Hat
Yehudi Menuhin / Stéphane Grappelli
EMI
Abbey Road Studios, London, England, 1981.
Tracks: Puttin' on the Ritz; The Way You Look Tonight; He Loves and She Loves; Isn't This a Lovely Day; Piccolino; Alison; Change Partners; Top Hat, White Tie and Tails; They Can't Take That Away from Me; The Continental; They All Laughed; Amanda; Funny Face; Carioca.
Personnel: Ray Swinfield: flute; Laurie Holloway: keyboards; Stéphane Grappelli: piano, violin; Yehudi Menuhin: violin; David Snell: harp; Martin Taylor: guitar; Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Eddie Tripp: bass; Derek Price: percussion; Alan Ganley: drums.


1982


Dawg Jazz / Dawg Grass
David Grisman
Warner Brothers
1982.
Tracks: Dawg Jazz; Steppin' With Stéphane; Fumblebee; In a Sentimental Mood.
Personnel: John Audino, Conte Candoli: trumpet; Gilbert Falco, Bernie Pack, Bruce Paulson: trombone; Pete Christlieb: tenor sax; Don Ashworth, John Bambridge, Tommy Newsom: woodwind; Ross Tomkins: piano; Martin Taylor: guitar; Stéphane Grappelli: violin; David Grisman, Darol Anger: mandolin, Vocals; Ed Shaughnessy: drums.


1983


Just One Of Those Things
Stéphane Grappelli
EMI
Angel Studios, Islington, London, England, April 1983.
Tracks: Cheek To Cheek; Are You In The Mood; Just One Of Those Things; There's A Small Hotel; Pent Up House; I'll Remember April; The Surrey With The Fringe On Top; I Get A Kick Out Of You; Blue Moon; Them There Eyes; I Can't Give You Anything But Love; How High The Moon; My One And Only Love*; Waltz Du Passé.
Personnel: Stephane Grappelli: violin & piano*; Martin Taylor, Marc Fosset: guitar; Patrice Caratini: bass; Alan Ganley: drums; Chris Karan: tabla.


On Tour: UK
Buddy DeFranco
Hep
September 28, 1983.
Tracks: Love For Sale; Autumn Leaves; What's New?; Just Friends; ...
Personnel: Buddy DeFranco: clarinet; Martin Taylor: guitar; Peter Ind: bass; Tony McLennon: drums.


Live At The Cambridge Folk Festival
Stéphane Grappelli
Cafe/Strange Fruit
Cambridge Folk Festival, 1983.
Tracks: Cheek To Cheek; Them There Eyes; Let's Fall In In Love; Love For Sale; Honeysuckle Rose; I'm In The Mood For Love; Sweet Georgia Brown.
Personnel: Stephane Grappelli: violin; Martin Taylor, Marc Fosset: guitar; Patrice Caratini: bass.


David Grisman's Acoustic Christmas
David Grisman
Rounder
Berkley, CA, 1983.
Tracks: White Christmas; Christmas Song; Winter Wonderland.
Personnel: John Stafford: tenor sax; David Grisman: mandolin; Martin Taylor: guitar; Rob Wasserman: bass; Daryl Anger: vocals.


1984


Bringing It Together
Stéphane Grappelli / Toots Thielemans
San Francisco, CA, March 24, 1984.
Cymekob
Tracks: Bye Bye Blackbird; Just the Two of Us; Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover; Georgia on My Mind; Jitterbug Waltz; You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To; Hit the Road Jack; Limehouse Blues; As Time Goes By.
Personnel: Toots Thielemans: harmonica, guitar, whistling; Stephane Grappelli: violin; Martin Taylor, Marc Fosset: guitar; Brian Torff: bass.


London Reprise
Spike Robinson
Capro
London, England, August 9, 1984.
Tracks: A Foggy Day In London Town; When Day Is Done; Embraceable You; There Is No Greater Love; Somewhere Over The Rainbow; As Time Goes By; Laura; Opus De Funk.
Personnel: Spike Robinson: tenor sax; Martin Taylor: guitar; Dave Green: bass; Spike Wells: drums.


1985


Together At Last
Stéphane Grappelli / Vassar Clements
Flying Fish
Sewanee Studios, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, June 25 & 26, 1985.
Tracks: Alabamy Bound; Webster; Tennessee Waltz; Danny Boy; Bluesette; It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing); Lonesome Fiddler Blues; Young At Heart; In My Life; I Can See Clearly Now; Tune Up; For Jeannie.
Personnel: Stephane Grappelli, Vassar Clements: violin; Martin Taylor, Davis Causey: guitar; Doug Jernigan: pedal steel guitar; Jim Ferguson: bass; Kenny Malone: drums.


All My Tomorrows
Carol Kidd
WEA
Castle Sound Studios, Pentcaitland, June 1985.
Tracks: Don't Worry About Me; I'm All Smiles; Autumn In New York / My Funny Valentine; Round Midnight; Dat Dere; Angel Eyes; When I Dream; I Thought About You; The Folks Who Live On The Hill; Haven't We Met; All My Tomorrows.
Personnel: Carol Kidd: vocals; Sandy Taylor: piano; Martin Taylor: guitar; Alex Moore: bass, guitar, Murray Smith: drums.


1986


Innovations
London Symphony Orchestra Conducted by John Dankworth
Pickwick
London, England, 1986.
Tracks: Fanfare For London; Take Five; Allegro Citroso (Oranges & Lemons); The Very Thought Of You; We've Only Just Begun; Caravan; Here, There, And Everywhere; Belleville Blue; Misty.
Personnel: Peter King: sax, Martin Taylor: guitar.


1987


Plays Jerome Kern
Stéphane Grappelli
GRP
Olympic Sound Studios, London, England, 1987.
Tracks: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes; The Way You Look Tonight; Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man; A Fine Romance; Yesterdays; Ol' Man River; All The Things You Are; Pick Yourself Up; Why Do I Love You; I Won't Dance; Long Ago And Far Away.
Personnel: Stephane Grappelli: violin, piano; Marc Fosset: guitar, vocals; Martin Taylor: guitar; Jack Sewing: bass; Martin Drew, Alf Bigden, Graham Ward: drums.


1988


Olympia 1988
Stéphane Grappelli
EMI/Collectables
Olympia, Paris, France, January 24, 1988.
Tracks: Pick Yourself Up; Chicago; Shine; I Can't Give You Anything But Love; Love for Sale; I Get a Kick Out of You; Swing; La Chanson des Rues; Chatanooga Choo Choo; Someone to Watch Over Me/I Got Rhythm; Ol' Man River; Willow Weep for Me; 'S Wonderful; Oh, Lady Be Good; Nuages/Daphne; Honeysuckle Rose.
Personnel: Martial Solal: piano; Stéphane Grappelli, Svend Asmussen: violin; Marc Fosset, Martin Taylor: guitar; Patrice Caratini: bass.


Jazz Bass Baroque
Peter Ind
Wave
London, England, 1988.
Tracks: Tribute To Lennie; Lush Life; Following; Bach; I'll Never Smile Again; Green Dolphin Street; Don't Get Around Much Any More; Just Squeeze Me; Triple Libra Blue; Anthropology.
Personnel: Daryl Anger: violin; Martin Taylor: guitar; Peter Ind: bass.


Memories Of You
Barbara Jay
Tee-Jay
1988.
Tracks: The Lady's In Love With You; Moonglow; Stompin' At The Savoy; These Foolish Things; A Smooth One; Memories Of You; The Man I Love; You Turned The Tables On Me; If Dreams Come True; Goodbye.
Personnel: Tommy Whittle: tenor sax, clarinet; Brian Dee: piano; Bill Le Sage: vibes; Martin Taylor: guitar; Dave Green: bass; Bobby Orr: drums; Barbara Jay: vocals.


1989


Milou En Mai (Original Soundtrack)
Stéphane Grappelli
Epic / Sony
Paris, France, 1989.
Tracks: Milou; Fly-Tox; Claire; Georges; Riviere; Adele; Bicyclette; Valse Du Passé; L'Internationale; La Fille Du Bedouin; Blues De La Pluie; Départ; Tiger Rag; Pic-Nic; Queenie; Camille; Chanson Pour Louis.
Personnel: Pierre Gossez: clarinet, soptrano sax; Maurice Vander: piano; Marcel Azzola: accordion; Stéphane Grappelli: violin; Marc Fosset, Martin Taylor: guitar; Jack Sewing: bass.


1990


This Time It's Love
Eileen Farrell
Reference
CTS Studios, London, England, 1990.
Tracks: Easy To Love; The More I See You; My Foolish Heart; What Is There To Say; The Nearness Of You; More Than You Know; Put Your Dreams Away; Alone Together; My Romance; A Game For Two; Love Dance; Music That Makes Me Dance; Everything I Love.
Personnel: Martin Taylor: guitar; Eileen Farrell: vocals; orchestra.


1991


Where Eagles Fly
Moira Kerr
BBC Enterprises
Scotland, 1991.
Tracks: MacCrimmond's Lament; Wade's Welcome to Inverness.
Personnel: Martin Taylor: guitar; Moira Kerr: vocals.


Glencoe
Moira Kerr
Mayker
Scotland, 1991.
Tracks: Closer To Heaven; This Child; Loch Lomond Hills; Three Months Of The Year; The Glen Of Weeping; Glean Bhaile Chaoit; When I Dream; The Curragh Of Kildare; Isle Oflnnisfree; Arran The Island I Love; You'll Be There.
Personnel: Jim Campbell: keyboards; Martin Taylor: guitar; Garry Grochla: bass; Garry Mello: drums; Moira Kerr: vocals.


1995


Calanais
Various
An Lanntair
Anshin Studio, Scotland, 1995.
Tracks: Hymn Of The Land.
Personnel: Martin Taylor: guitar.


1997


Joy
Melissa Machester
Angel
Nashville, TN, 1997.
Tracks: I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm; When You Wish Upon A Star.
Personnel: Matt Rollings: piano; Farrell Morris: vibraphone; Martin Taylor, David Hungate: guitar; Pat Bergeson: harmonica; Eddie Gómez: bass; Lewis Nash: drums; Melissa Manchester: vocals.


Hommage À Marcel Dadi
Various
Declic
1997.
Tracks: En Attendant Joachim.
Personnel: Martin Taylor: guitar.


Struttin' Our Stuff
Bill Wyman & The Rhythm Kings
BMG
London, England, 1997.
Tracks: Green River; Walking On My Own; Melody; Stuff (Can't Get Enough); Bad To Be Alone; I'm Mad; Down In The Bottom; Motorvatin' Mama; Jitterbug Boogie; Going Crazy Overnight; Hole In My Soul; Tobacco Road.
Personnel: Nick Pentelow, Andy Hamilton, Pete Beachill, Andy Macintosh, Martin Drover, Nick Pantelo: trumpet; Nick Payn: trumpet, harmonica; Frank Mead: sax; Geoff Grange: harmonica; Dave Hartley: piano, organ; Max Middleton: piano; Gary Brooker: organ; Georgie Fame, Geraint Watkins: vocals, organ; Terry Taylor: guitar, organ; Peter Frampton, Martin Taylor, Eric Clapton, Albert Lee: guitar; Bill Wyman: vocals, bass; Graham Broad: drums, percussion; Ray Cooper: percussion; Paul Carrack, Mike Sanchez, Beverley Skeete: vocals.


Anyway The Wind Blows
Bill Wyman & The Rhythm Kings
BMG
London, England, 1997.
Tracks: Anyway The Wind Blows; Spooky; Walking One & Only; Mojo Boogie; Too Late; Every Sixty Seconds; Ring My Bell; Days Like This; He's A Real Gone Guy; A True Romance; Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You; When Hollywood Goes Black & Tan; Crazy He Calls Me; Struttin' Our Stuff; Sugar Babe; Gonna Find Me A New Love.
Personnel: Frank Mead, Nick Payn, Nick Pentelow, Sid Gauld, Derek Watkins, Pete Beachill, Andy Macintosh: trumpet; Jerry Portnoy: harmonica; Geraint Watkins, Dave Hartley, Nicky Hopkins: piano; Gary Brooker: piano, organ; Georgie Fame: vocals, organ; Terry Taylor, Peter Frampton, Martin Taylor, Albert Lee, Andy Fairweather-Low, Eric Clapton, Chris Rea, Mick Taylor: guitar; Bill Wyman: bass; Graham Broad: drums; Beverley Skeete, Paul Carrack, Mike Sanchez: vocals.


Andromeda Heights
Prefab Sprout
England, 1997.
Year Released
Tracks: Anne Marie.
Personnel: Paddy McAloon: guitar, vocals; Martin McAloon, Martin Taylor: guitar; Wendy Smith: vocals.


1998


Bootleg Kings - Live In Europe
Bill Wyman & The Rhythm Kings
Ripple Records
Le Bataclan, Paris, France; October 12, 1998°.
Live Music Hall, Cologne, Germany, October 15, 1998¹.
Train Club, Copenhagen, Denmark, October 20, 1998².
Vega Club, Copenhagen Denmark, October 21, 1998³.
Concert Hall, Oslo, Norway, October 24, 1998*.
Tracks: Let The Good Times Roll³; Stagger Lee³; Mystery Train°; Rockin' Pneumonia & The Boogie Woogie Flu¹; Hit The Road Jack/Fever³; Georgia On My Mind*; Land Of 1,000 Dances/Tequila³; Good Golly Miss Molly²; Tear It Up³.
Personnel: Frank Mead, Nick Payn: trumpet; Gary Brooker: piano, organ; Georgie Fame: vocals, organ; Terry Taylor, Martin Taylor, Albert Lee: guitar; Bill Wyman: bass; Graham Broad: drums; Beverley Skeete, Melanie Redmond, Keeley Coburn, Janice Hoyte: vocals.


2000


Groovin'
Bill Wyman & The Rhythm Kings
Papillion
London, England, 2000.
Tracks: Tell You A Secret; Groovin'; Rough Cut Diamond; Mood Swing; Hole In The Wall; Can't Get My Rest At Night; I Put A Spell On You; Tomorrow Night; I Want To Be Evil; Rhythm King; Daydream; Oh! Baby; Streamline Woman; Yesterdays.
Personnel: Frank Mead, Nick Payn, Nick Pentelow: trumpet; Jerry Portnoy: harmonica; Dave Hartley: piano; Georgie Fame: vocals, piano, organ; Gary Brooker: vocals, organ; Anthony Kerr: vibes; Chris Hall: accordion; Albert Lee, Andy Fairweather Low: vocals, guitar; Terry Taylor, Tommy Emmanuel, Martin Taylor, Mick Taylor, Gerry Hogan: guitar; Bill Wyman: bass; Graham Broad: drums; Ray Cooper: percussion; Beverley Skeete, Janice Hoyte: vocals.


2001


Double Bill
Bill Wyman & The Rhythm Kings
Papillion
London, England, 2001.
Tracks: Long Walk To DC; Hot Foot Blues; Hit That Jive Jack; Love Letters; Love's Down The Drain; I Can't Dance; Snap Your Fingers/What A Friend We Have In Jesus; Get In The Kitchen; Boogie Woogie All Night Long; Do You Or Don't You?/I Wanna Know; Trust In Me; Turn On Your Lovelight; The Joint Is Jumping; Brownskin Girl; Tired & Sleepy; Lonely Boy Blue; Bye Bye Blues; Where's The Money?; Jellyroll Fool; Jealous Girl; My Handyman; Rollin' & Stumblin'; Keep On Truckin'; Breakin' Up The House.
Personnel: Frank Mead, Nick Payn, Nick Pentelow, Andy Macintosh, Pete Beachill: trumpet; Geoff Grange: harmonica; Dave Hartley: piano; Georgie Fame: vocals, piano, organ; Gary Brooker: vocals, organ; Albert Lee, Andy Fairweather Low: vocals, guitar; Terry Taylor, Tommy Emmanuel, Martin Taylor, Chris Rea, George Harrison: guitar; Bill Wyman: bass, vocals; Graham Broad: drums; Ray Cooper, Martin Ditcham, Frank Ricotti: percussion; Beverley Skeete, Janice Hoyte, Anita Kelsey: vocals.


Adiemus Live
Karl Jenkins
Virgin
St. David's Hall, Cardiff, Wales, March 16, 2001.
Tracks: Adiemus; In Caelum Fero; Kayama; Cantus Insolitus; Cu Chullain; The Wooing Of Etain; Connla's Well; Hymn; The Dagda; Ceridwen's Curse; Dawn Dancing; Dos A Dos.
Personnel: Nigel Hitchcock: soprano sax; Martin Taylor: guitar; Pamela Thorby: recorder, gemshorn; Miriam Stockley: vocals; Finnish Adiemus Singers: choir; Adiemus Orchestra.


2002


Alternating Currents
Denys Baptiste
Dune
London, England, 2002.
Tracks: Journeyman; The Kraken; Stop And Look Around; Steep; Mind The Gap; City Of Clouds; Inner City Blues; Alternating Currents; Toga To Go; Namesake; Caribbean Man With A Plan; 741.
Personnel: Kevin Robinson: trumpet, flugelhorn; Winston Rollins, Harry Brown: trombone;Denys Baptiste: soprano sax; tenor sax; Andrew McCormack: piano; Martin Taylor: guitar; Larry Bartley: bass; Tom Skinner: drums; Juliet Roberts: vocals.


Sings Super Standards
Keiko Lee
Sony
Tokyo, Japan, 2002.
Tracks: My Way; Sentimental Journey; Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars; Tea For Two; Misty; (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66; This Masquerade; Closer To One; Feelings; La Vie En Rose; Honeysuckle Rose; Stardust; Sunny; Johnny Guitar; My One And Only Love; I'll Be Seeing You.
Personnel: Keiko Lee: piano, vocals; Martin Taylor: guitar; Benisuke Sakai: bass; Yuichi Togashiki: drums.


En Vers et Contre Vous - But Beautiful
Sacha Distel
Prosadis / Universal
Paris, Antibes, New York & Sofia, Bulgaria 2002.
Tracks: Si L'on Pouvait Arrêter Le Temps; Aimer Les Femmes; La Nuit Est Ma Maîtresse; Quand Il S'agit D'aimer; Mon Amour Vous Ment; Je T'aime; Nous; Ecoute Mes Yeux; Vivre Pour Aimer; J'aurais Aimé; Charme; Au Bout Du Compte; La Musique De L'amour; Je Vous Salue Vous; It Had To Be You; My Funny Valentine; All The Way; I Only Have Eyes For You; Mona Lisa; When I Fall In Love; What A Wonderful World; But Beautiful; The Good Life; Girl Talk; Young And Foolish; L.O.V.E.; I Fall In Love Too Easily.
Personnel: Sacha Distel: guitar, vocals, Martin Taylor: guitar; Liza Minelli, Dionne Warwick: vocals; others unknown.


2003


Sings Favourites
Bryn Terfel
Deutsche Grammophon
London, March 2003.
Tracks: Lazybones.
Personnel: Martin Taylor: guitar; Bryn Terfel: vocals; London Symphony Orchestra.


The Gathering
Various
Voiceprint
2003.
Tracks: True.
Personnel: Martin Taylor: guitar.


2004


Tone Poets
Various
Acoustic Disc
Petaluma, CA, 2004.
Tracks: I Thought About You.
Personnel: Martin Taylor: guitar.


2005


Hero Garden
Beverley Skeete
Vocaphone
London, England, 2005.
Tracks: Redemption Day; Fool's Game; Just For Love; Hero Garden; old Fashioned Girl; What You See; Don't Darken My Door; Billy; Reflections; In The Cold; I Count My Blessings; Red Baret.
Personnel: Martin Taylor: guitar; Beverley Skeete: vocal.
Note: Martin Taylor performs on one track only (which one?).


2005-2006

Waltz Club
Didier Lockwood / Marcel Azzola
Universal France
Fontainbleu, France 2005 & 2006.
Tracks: Double Scotch; N°9 En La Bémol Majeur, Opus 69/N°1 Valse De L'Adieu; La Javalseuse; Valse Nostalgique; La Traviata; Indifférence; La Plus Que Lente; Bluesette; La Ballade Irlandaise; Musette For A Magpie; La Javanaise; Balajo; Padam; Sa Légitime; A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes (Thème De Cendrillon); Swing Valse.
Personnel: Marcel Azzola: accordion; Didier Lockwood: violin; Martin Taylor: guitar; Jean-Philippe Viret: bass.


2007


Kissing Bug
Alison Burns
P3
2007
Tracks: Kissing Bug; You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To; The Good Life; But Not For Me; Love Me Or Leave Me; Cry Me A River; No Moon At All; Be Myself; Too Good To Be True; The Shadow Of Your Smile; Can't Help Loving That Man; The Thrill Is Gone; The Way You Look Tonight.
Personnel: Guy Barker: trumpet; Jack Emblow: accordion; David Newton: piano; Martin Taylor: guitar; Ewen Vernal: bass; Alison Burns: vocals.

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