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Pulse by LT ( aka Linda Taylor)

‘Pulse’ is the Rubicon Music CD debut by guitarist LT a.k.a. Linda Taylor. With ‘Pulse’ the listener is treated to a hip dose of acid jazz with funk and hip hop percussion and LT’s blues inflected "Monk-esque" guitar lines. This collection of 9 tunes lets Taylor strut her stuff as she weaves lines inside / outside reminiscent of Mike Stern and Scott Henderson. With ‘Pulse’ the grooves are happening and the edgy hip hop production gives the vibe of the CD extra grit. Each tune is at least 4 minutes long and lets the bant get the groove happening for some long solo passages. From the opening piece "NY Garden" and throughout, Taylor exhibits some graceful moves and unexpected turns with her lines and guitar tones. Taylor’s tone is reminiscent of Jeff Beck, Larry Carlton, Ronnie Drayton (DeFunct) and Mike Stern. While she uses a midrange tone through most of her collection, Taylor incorporates a searing overdriven tone for scorchers like her slow burning gospel style ballad "Baby Blue".

LT is a seasoned musician who has toured with many prominent jazz, R&B and pop acts which include Kirk Whalum, Thelma Houston, Chante Moore and Tracy Chapman. Taylor is also performing her improv jams every week on the ABC show "Whose Line is it Anyway". She was also featured in a TV guide article entitled "Cool Jobs" and the Hollywood Squares show. Hopefully, we will be able to catch her show live and hear her compositions at full strength or even hear them on film. Since this collection of acid jazz or aggressive groove with a rocking tone is not in the traditional jazz vein, it definitely requires a rock taste to enjoy. The audience for LT’s flavor of fusion is for rock to jazz converts and hip pop groovers who want to hear some outside tension release in the melody. ‘Pulse’ offers a great mix of tone, groove and outside lines for the post rock fusion enthusiast to get a hold of.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: LT ( aka Linda Taylor)
  • CD Title: Pulse
  • Genre: Soul / Funk Jazz
  • Year Released: 2001
  • Record Label: Rubicon Music
  • Musicians: LT Linda Taylor (guitar)Luis Conte (percussion) Darryl Woolfolk (drums) Brian "Big Bass" Gardner (bass)
  • Rating: Four Stars
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