Otis Taylor: Clovis People Vol 3 (Telarc)

 |   |  <1 min read

Otis Taylor: It's Done Happened Again
Otis Taylor: Clovis People Vol 3 (Telarc)

First, there is no Vol 1 or Vol 2, but this addition to Taylor's catalogue of "trance blues" which follows the excellent Pentatonic Wars and Love Songs of last year is certainly a welcome one.

Taylor takes a very different view of the blues: while others see it as an idiom with strict stylistic codes if not chord progressions, guitarist-singer Taylor regards it as a feeling to conjured up a message and so here, as before, he brings in unexpected instruments (cornet, pedal steel) into the orbit of tough, urban blues where the concerns are the reality of life in the 21st century inner-city America.

Here is the phonecall to a mother to say her son has been shot dead in the playground, a remembered place where black and white could sit together, a mother threatening a dealer in a school playground . . . and the universals of love, dreams of freedom, heartache . . .

And all these come at you in what sound like angry or sad tone poems of ambient blues grooves and textures shot through with guitar (sometimes from guest Gary Moore), organ, cello, violin and djembe (Taylor his own African-style touring ensemble) and hard percussion.

Otis Taylor is very different kind of blues musician, but one who has extended the contract in a highly original, compelling and sometimes demanding way. A mood piece. 

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Blues at Elsewhere articles index

Various Artists: The Ann Arbor Blues Festival 1969 (Third Man/digital outlets)

Various Artists: The Ann Arbor Blues Festival 1969 (Third Man/digital outlets)

As we well know, history is telescoped by time: something which happened 20 years ago ago can be fresh in the memory but also thought to have been contemporary with something from 10 years... > Read more

FIVE, AND MORE, INFLUENTIAL BLUES ARTISTS (2020): Woke up this mornin'

FIVE, AND MORE, INFLUENTIAL BLUES ARTISTS (2020): Woke up this mornin'

Robert Johnson: The sessions for his few songs took place in Texas in November 1936 and some time in 1937. By the time they became available on 78rpm records Johnson was dead so his life and... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

THE MUSIC MANAGERS FORUM AWARDS (2017): Hats off to those behind the scenes

THE MUSIC MANAGERS FORUM AWARDS (2017): Hats off to those behind the scenes

This time a year ago Elsewhere interviewed Teresa Paterson about the work of the Music Managers Forum, an industry organisation of people dedicated to improving the professionalism of music... > Read more

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . THE DISCO SUCKS MOVEMENT: Divide and . . . conk out

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . THE DISCO SUCKS MOVEMENT: Divide and . . . conk out

It’s both easy and hard to explain the rise of the Disco Sucks movement at the end of the Seventies. In some parts of the world the zenith of disco coincided with the emergence of punk,... > Read more