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British guitarist Martin Taylor is one of the most highly regarded guitarists in the world. Specialising in jazz, he has performed in groups, guitar ensembles and as an accompanist to many of the world’s most famous musicians. However, it is for his remarkable solo fingerstyle performances, in which he provides bass and chordal accompaniment in addition to a melody, that he is most renowned.

Taylor was born in Harlow, Essex in 1956 into a family with a musical heritage and a gypsy/traveller tradition, although he did not strictly lead the traditional gypsy lifestyle. It was no surprise then that, after being given a guitar at age 4 by his father, bassist William ‘Buck’ Taylor, he would develop a passion for jazz in general and Django Reinhardt in particular. Over the next few years the young Taylor would hone his skills and, by age 11, was playing regularly in his father’s band. This experience made him determined to pursue a career in music and, after much persuasion, his parents allowed him to leave school aged 15 to try and achieve this ambition.

Over the next few years Taylor played in numerous bands, in holiday camps, various radio dates and on cruise ships (one cruise lead to the personal highlight of jamming with the Count Basie orchestra).


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  • provizion

    I enjoy your music very much, please come to Belgium!

    30 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Mmuuzz

    Enjoying 'Double Standards' At the moment Martin . Lovely stuff Murray

    5 Mar 2010 Reply
  • jameskirktaylor

    Download the title track from the new Martin Taylor 'Last Train To Hauteville' album for free exclusively from this link.

    2 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Gzperi

    Incredible talent !

    21 Aug 2009 Reply
  • lucasirianni

    Great player...greetings from London

    3 Jan 2009 Reply
  • icantsing4u

    sounds like a toned-down version of The Serene Sound, just less psychedelic n' sich.

    28 Sep 2008 Reply
  • trameffx

    you saw him live? damn. he's fantastic.

    20 Jan 2008 Reply
  • crackerjaw

    I saw you at Ronnie Scott's the other night and you were absolutely unbelievable. My husband and I both cried when you played the song for your son. you are the best guitarist I have ever seen. xx

    5 Feb 2007 Reply

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