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John Taylor: Angel of the Presence

In the last three years, CamJazz, based in Rome, has been the single most important source of recorded Italian jazz for the U.S. market. Recently the label has also ventured outside Italy to find artists, while retaining its reliable taste and production values.

John Taylor is probably the best jazz pianist in England. He has been making records since 1971. Angel of the Presence is surely among his strongest. It is also his best sounding album-a high compliment considering that Taylor has recorded for ECM. (CamJazz often uses Bauer Studios in Ludwigsburg, where ECM recorded in their early years. The engineer here is Johannes Wohlleben.)

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