11 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A well-known player in the smooth jazz scene, saxophonist Paul Taylor made his debut in 1995 after a few years with Keiko Matsui. Here, on his 10th album, Tenacity (get it?), he returns with melodic playing and crowd-pleasing grooves. Many artists in this genre get accused of being redundant, but Taylor and longtime producer/programmer Dino Esposito offer a well-rounded effort. Those looking for shimmying R&B can turn to “Open Road” or “Empire.” Those seeking something more moody can dig into “More to Come” and “Awakening.” And things get downright funky on the title track, which also includes the saxophonist’s strongest playing on the album. Taylor also gets a little help from his friends—pianist Jonathan Fritzen pushes him along on the opener, “Supernova,” keyboardist Paul Hardcastle joins him on “Peace of Mind,” and Jeff Lorber adds tasteful touches of guitar and keyboard to “Luxe.” It’s a nice return that should please many of Taylor’s longtime fans.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A well-known player in the smooth jazz scene, saxophonist Paul Taylor made his debut in 1995 after a few years with Keiko Matsui. Here, on his 10th album, Tenacity (get it?), he returns with melodic playing and crowd-pleasing grooves. Many artists in this genre get accused of being redundant, but Taylor and longtime producer/programmer Dino Esposito offer a well-rounded effort. Those looking for shimmying R&B can turn to “Open Road” or “Empire.” Those seeking something more moody can dig into “More to Come” and “Awakening.” And things get downright funky on the title track, which also includes the saxophonist’s strongest playing on the album. Taylor also gets a little help from his friends—pianist Jonathan Fritzen pushes him along on the opener, “Supernova,” keyboardist Paul Hardcastle joins him on “Peace of Mind,” and Jeff Lorber adds tasteful touches of guitar and keyboard to “Luxe.” It’s a nice return that should please many of Taylor’s longtime fans.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

Rockmagnon ,

Another great album way to go Paul

It's a sensual blend of old school and modern jazz with an eclectic funk thrown in for measure the sax takes you away to better things

tkfoure ,

Will satisfy the hardiest smooth jazz appetite!

Oh man!!! Sit back and get satisfied!!! "Spur of the Moment", "Peace of Mind", "Open Road" and "Supernova' are wonderful appetizers that start you off feeling good! Light, enchanting melodies that are delicious by themselves, yet leave room for more…... "Tenacity" and "Wicked Game" are incredibly scrumptious! "luxe" is as you imagine quite lush, like a fine wine. "More to Come" has a light and airy feel as a dessert, where "Awakening" is sweet and breathtaking. My absolute favorite song out of this compilation is "Empire". It is like an appetizer, entree, fine wine and dessert all in one! Gluttony…. it is amazingly sensual and full. The whole CD is excellent! The horns are so crisp, you feel like they are in the room ..or car with you! Oh, and Paul's breathy vocals can be heard in the background of a few tracks. Paul's 10th album score a BIG 10!!!!!!!

Smuthjazz ,

Another great one

This one will be another of Paul's best. Still after all these years the only artist that I continue to buy without sampling first. Another job well done!

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