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Format: CD
Sku: 211204192
UPC: 089408369025
UPC 14: 00089408369025
Release Date: 6/23/2009
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Looking For Some Heat ~ Otis Taylor
2. Sunday Morning ~ Otis Taylor
3. Silver Dollar On My Head ~ Otis Taylor
4. Lost My Guitar ~ Otis Taylor
5. I'm Not Mysterious ~ Otis Taylor
6. Young Girl Down The Street ~ Otis Taylor
7. Country Boy, Girl ~ Otis Taylor
8. Talking About It Blues ~ Otis Taylor
9. Walk On Water ~ Otis Taylor
10. Mama's Best Friend ~ Otis Taylor
11. Maybe Yeah ~ Otis Taylor
12. Dagger By My Side ~ Otis Taylor
13. If You Hope ~ Otis Taylor

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Otis Taylor (vocals, guitar, banjo); Cassie Taylor (vocals, background vocals); Jonn Richardson, Harry Tuft, Gary Moore (guitar); Jason Moran (piano); Brian Juan (organ); Nasheet Waits (drums); James Michael Taylor (background vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Matt Sandoski.
Muze PNote Recording information: Immersive Studios, Boulder, CO; Sphere Studio, London, England.
Muze PNote Photographer: Len Irish.
Muze PNote Arranger: Otis Taylor.
Muze PNote Otis Taylor doesn't suffer fools lightly, and his songs are full of defiant reclamations of history and tender vignettes of people struggling to survive in hostile cultural territory. Now he wants to talk about love. Taylor began his career playing bluegrass banjo, but switched to guitar (and the blues) in the late '60s, working in various bands and as a solo artist before walking away from it all 1978. He re-emerged a couple decades later in the mid-'90s with an utterly unique and modal-driven blues style that made full use of his gritty singing voice; his quirky songwriting skills; and his raw, driving guitar and banjo playing. Taylor really hasn't been idle since, and Pentatonic Wars and Love Songs is his tenth studio album in 14 years. Following on the heels of 2008's Recapturing the Banjo (which did exactly what its title says), this set finds Taylor turning his attention to love, but these aren't love songs in the normal sense, and more often than not these songs chart the course of love in dramatically unstable and even dangerous relationships. No moon and June stuff. Not even close. Much bleaker. The album opens with "Looking for Some Heat," and yeah, it's about love, but things don't end well at all. "Lost My Guitar," which is all about the loss of love in the truest sense, uses guitars and fatal car accidents as central metaphors. Nope, love isn't all roses in Taylor's view of things. And the sound of this album is different, too, with frequent use of solo cornet, giving these tracks a kind of dark, jazzy feel, particularly on cuts like "I'm Not Mysterious" that feature jazz pianist Jason Moran and Ron Miles' cornet. Irish blues-rock guitarist Gary Moore pops up on three cuts, and Taylor's daughter and bassist Cassie Taylor handles lead vocals on a few songs, including the striking and wonderful "Maybe Yeah." Pentatonic Wars and Love Songs ends up being an urgent, stubborn, and sometimes overly dark view of love in all of its unavoidable permutations. In other words, it's exactly the kind of album of love songs you'd expect from Taylor, one that is direct and as baffling as it is challenging. ~ Steve Leggett

Producer: Otis Taylor; Otis Taylor

Engineer: Matt Sandoski; Nicole Wiemann; Gregg Jackman; Mike Yach; Matt Sandoski

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 08/03/2009
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2009
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : CD 83690
Music Label Name Label : Telarc Distribution
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00089408369025

Professional Reviews

Spin (p.92)
- "PENTATONIC WARS is a sprawling folk and jazz set featuring everything from cornet to cello to djembe drums as backing for Taylor's resilient rasp."

Down Beat (p.47)
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "With just a few words, often repeated obsessively, he sketches a situation then gnaws down the emotional bone."

JazzTimes (p.70)
- "[N]o pointers are necessary to appreciate Taylor's storytelling cunning and craft."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Taylor,Otis
Product attributeLabel:   Telarc International Corp.
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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