Joe Taylor Album ‘Westside Chill’ Out Now

Joe Taylor Album ‘Westside Chill’ Out Now

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 Like his sound and style, guitarist Joe Taylor’s inspiration balances big city grit and hustle with gentle and slow downhome charm. His sixth album, “Westside Chill,” captures his ardor and appreciation for both primary influences in his musical muse as well as in his lifestyle. Taylor wrote all ten songs on the new Moonwatcher Music release produced by four-time Grammy winner Steve Rosenthal and the collection marks the guitar slinger’s first contemporary jazz outing in seventeen years. 

For decades, Taylor split his time between living in New York City and escaping to the coast in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Now he spends most of his time nestled in by the water in the Lowcountry, his rural coastal surroundings informing the material he wrote for “Westside Chill.” Equally present is the New York City metropolis’s influence on the setlist. Taylor is joined on the album by jazz pianist Jeff Franzel, bassists Woody Lingle and Brian Stanley (Bryan Adams), drummer Steve Holley (Paul McCartney & Wings), percussionist Blair Shotts, and flutist John Ragusa.

“Westside Chill” is Taylor’s first album since 2015’s “Sugardust in the Devil Wind” and his first contemporary jazz project since 2007’s “Accidental Sugar.” In the interim, he’s played, written, produced, recorded and performed in a variety of settings spanning rock, pop, blues, country, classical and Celtic music along with signing and developing artists for his Moonwatcher Music label.

Taylor debuted as a solo artist in 1988 with the ProJazz label release “Mystery Walk,” eventually signing with RCA/Victor to release “Spellbound” in 1995. His contemporary jazz recordings maintained a consistent presence on the Billboard charts. As a session player and producer, Taylor has collaborated with an eclectic list of artists – from Dave Kozand Donna Summer to Nile RodgersAl B. Sure! and Andrew Lloyd-Webber. Crafting music for television and film, his credits include “Stephen King’s Golden Years,” Discovery Channel‘s “SpyTek” with Roger Moore, ABC Television’s “Turning Point” and A&E’s “Spies.”

Taylor’s “Westside Chill” album contains the following songs:

“Westside Chill”

“Jaco’s Court”

“Mr. Campbell”

“Menemsha Fog”

“Twenty-Two Rivers”

“She’s The Moon”

“Available Light”

“The Cooper and the Thief”

“The Cut”

“The Waterman”

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