Will Taylor and Strings Attached
First Appeared in The Music Box, February 2006, Volume 13, #2
Written by T.J. Simon
Since 1999, violinist and classical music arranger Will Taylor has hosted an irregular concert series in Austin, Texasí historic St. Davidís Episcopal Church, and for each event, he invites a variety of singer-songwriters to perform original compositions while backed by Taylorís nine-piece mini-orchestra known as Strings Attached. A dozen enchantingly dressed-up folk-rock songs from these special events are captured on his new disc Collaborations. The albumís high points include Eliza Gilkysonís Easy Rider and Shawn Colvinís Set the Prairie on Fire, and videos of Gilkyson and Colvin supported by Strings Attached are also included on this enhanced CD. Other noteworthy moments on this exceptional collection include the heavy, hand-drum propelled Volcanoes from Patrice Pike, and the Tin Pan Alley flavor of Libby Kirkpatrickís In this Life. The upgrading of these lovely singer-songwriter tunes with lush string-and-horn arrangements was a fantastic idea, and Taylor is to be celebrated for it. With the net proceeds from Collaborations being donated to a Texas-based, childrenís charity, whatís not to like?
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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