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Dylan Taylor: One in Mind (Blujazz)

Review of album by Dylan Taylor, Philadelphia-bred bassist

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If One in Mind emits a certain casualness, that’s at least partially by accident. Bassist Dylan Taylor, who’s worked largely in the Philadelphia scene as a sideman for the past two decades, only released his first leader session, Sweeter for the Struggle, four years ago. For this sophomore outing he gathered two longtime colleagues, guitarist Larry Coryell and drummer Mike Clark, for what was supposed to be an intimate “live in the studio” workout. Due to a blizzard, only a few brave souls turned up, but the trio went ahead and played anyway. It turned out to be one of Coryell’s final recordings; he passed in February.

At the gig, the trio performed five pieces penned by Coryell—half of what’s presented here. Of the rest, three are by Taylor, one is co-written by Clark (with Jed Levy) and the last is Bud Powell’s “John’s Abbey.” It’s a good cross-section of styles, ranging from Clark’s self-explanatory “Loft Funk” to two gentle swingers by Coryell, “Alabama Rhap Corollary” and “Jumbo Liar.”

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