Desert Island Jazz
Martin Taylor (2004)

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

Although completely self taught, he has enjoyed a remarkable musical career spanning across four 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, humour, with a strong stage presence.

He spends much of the year travelling the world, playing in concert halls in Europe, North America, Japan, Asia, and Australasia.

As well as his solo concerts and recordings, he has also collaborated with musicians from many different musical genre including, Stephane Grappelli, Chet Atkins, Bill Wyman, George Harrison, Dionne Warwick, Sacha Distel, Bryn Terfel and Jamie Cullum.

From 1979 to 1990 he toured the world and recorded over 20 albums with the French jazz violin legend STEPHANE GRAPPELLI. Their album with Vassar Clements "Together At Last" won a Grammy Nomination in 1987.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Django Reinhardt, featuring Stephane Grappelli The Indispensable Django Reinhardt (1949-1950) I Saw Stars (RCA)
# 2 Art Tatum Original Decca Recordings: I Got Rhythm, Vol. 3 Tea for Two (GRP)
# 3 Ben Webster and Coleman Hawkins Compact Jazz Like Someone in Love (Polygram)
# 4 Barney Kessel and Herb Ellis Poor Butterfly Dearly Beloved (Concord)
# 5 Peggy Lee Miss Peggy Lee But Beautiful (Capitol)
# 6 Dinah Washington, featuring Clifford Brown Dinah Jams I've Got You under My Skin (Emarcy)
# 7 Bill Evans Waltz for Debby My Foolish Heart (Riverside)
# 8 Keith Jarrett Tokyo '96 Billie's Bounce (ECM)
Book Spike Milligan, "Puckoon"
Luxury Item A fully stocked wine cellar with wine from all over the world
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