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Thursday, Mar 29 2007 | 15:30

James Taylor is best known as leader of the James Taylor Quartet (JTQ), where his trademark funky Hammond vibe is featured to fine effect. JTQ’s fired-up signature tune, The Theme from Starsky and Hutch, cemented the band´s reputation as masters of the jazz-funk r’n’b workout; 60s spy themes, psychedelic and free-form jazz all added something to the band’s distinctive sound.

Describing his new outfit, James Taylor’s 4th Dimension, the Rochester-based Hammond guru, affectionately known as The Medway Monarch says “This project is something I’ve been promising myself for a long while. It’s an opportunity to return to, and further explore, the endless possibilities offered by the classic Hammond quartet format, but this time with 20 years of recording, writing, and performing experience behind us”.

Originally playing the Hammond B3 organ in the UK mod revival band The Prisoners, James Taylor formed his own quartet in 1985, and began playing music similar to the rare-groove jazz-funk then in vogue around London. By the early 90s, that movement had spawned acid jazz, and JTQ found itself at the forefront of a vibrant young club scene. The first single, Blow-Up – a funked-up version of Herbie Hancock’s theme from the seminal 60s film of the same name – was released in 1985 on the Re Elect The President label, a precursor to Acid Jazz. The band’s debut album, Mission Impossible, was released the following year, predominantly consisting of covers of 60s film themes such as Alfie, Mrs. Robinson and Goldfinger. In the early 1990s, the single Love The Life reached the Top 40 and the accompanying album, Supernatural Feeling, settled in the Top 30 UK charts. After releases on Polydor and Big Life Records, JTQ returned to Acid Jazz, and In The Hand of The Inevitable remains the label’s biggest selling album to date. The latest JTQ album, “A Taste of Cherry”, was released in September last year.

The new album James Taylor’s 4th DimensionPicking Up Where We Left Off” (Real Self) is going to be released May 04, 2007.

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