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Albums Of The Week: James Taylor Quartet | Man In The Hot Seat

The U.K. organ-jazz master — not to be confused with the soft-centred American folkie — returns with another acid-jazz soundtrack in search of a ’60s spy movie.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “A bona fide legend of the acid jazz / jazz funk scene, James Taylor returns with the stunning new James Taylor Quartet record Man In The Hot Seat.

A sonic colossus of a record, particularly when listening on vinyl, it ties together the effortless melodic funk of the quartet, the fullness of sound that only an orchestra can bring, with James’ love of classic film soundtracks. Created and recorded with the musicianship and production mastery we have come to expect from JTQ, this is undoubtedly one of the best sounding records you’ll hear in 2022.

For those of you hearing the James Taylor Quartet for the first time, his career as JTQ — the acronym by which the group is most fondly known — dates back to the late ’80s. Take a quick glance at the labels he’s recorded for — Gearbox, Acid Jazz, Ubiquity, Freestyle Records and Record Kicks, some of the most revered in the wider jazz and funk categories — and it gives you an idea of the level of respect he has garnered over a career that places him in a category all of his own.”