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Rodney Taylor

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RODNEY TAYLOR

The title of Rodney Taylor’s latest independent contemporary jazz release asks a fascinating question the popular, in demand saxophonist has been asking all his life: Can I Blow For You? Building a multi-faceted career as a touring and studio sideman in the gospel, R&B and jazz worlds these past 20 years, the Southern California based musician and songwriter has received an overwhelming “yes” response from an incredible number of artists: Anita Baker (whom he toured with from 2006 to 2009) , Marcus Johnson, Vesta Williams, The Emotions, Brian McKnight, Doc Powell, El Debarge, Deniece Williams, Chaka Khan and gospel greats Phil and Brenda Nicholas and Edwin Hawkins.

Taylor’s follow up to his debut CD Blow By Blow (do you detect a theme here?) is a dynamic urban jazz oriented collection featuring nine sizzling and sensual originals and unique covers of three pop classics from the 1980s: Christopher Cross’ “Sailing,” Phil Collins’ “Another Day In Paradise” and Bobby Brown’s “My Prerogative.” The track “Passion” (whose title fully captures the faith, life experiences and heartfelt emotion the saxman brings to every song) features contemporary jazz greats Jeff Lorber (piano), Greg “G Moe” Moore (Earth, Wind & Fire), Alex Al (bass) and Tony Moore (drums). “Moreso even than my first project, I wanted this collection to showcase me as a writer and producer as well as a saxophonist,” says Taylor, who alternates between soprano and alto and often snazzes up tracks with his unique flair for horn texturing.

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