For a jazz musician, it doesn’t really get better than it is for Paul Taylor this week. He played his way all the way to the top of Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Charts and holds the number 1 spot for his second week. The tune that pushed him to the top is called “Push to Start.” This, however, is not his first time at #1. He first arrived here in 2007 with a tune called “Ladies Choice.”
While on his website he posts comments like “Got my fingers crossed for another week,” we hope he keeps them uncrossed and on his horn. If he continues to play the way he does, he’ll continue to be a regular name on the charts and we’ll continue to be happy listeners. Below is a video of a live performance of Paul Taylor performing “Push to Start.”
Originally from Denver, Paul Taylor has lived and worked in the thriving musical environment of Las Vegas since graduating as a music performance major from UNLV. He began playing sax at age seven and discovered his true calling while playing in a local high school garage band called Mixed Company, which played Top 40, funk and Crusader-styled fusion..
Here is another live performance video, which if you follow CoolGrooves.net, you know is our favorite type of video because they really show the musicianship of those we cover. In this video you can enjoy Paul Taylor cutting loose and doing some great improvisation.
Contemporary jazz stardom came naturally for Taylor, whose mix of funk and silky, groove heavy chops on soprano, alto and tenor, dynamic stage presence and catchy melodies were a natural fit for the genre. The #1 title track of Pleasure Seeker became one of Radio & Records most played genre cuts from his earlier work. Although Taylor has since been one of the genre’s most popular live attractions as a solo artist, he eagerly accepted Russ Freeman’s invitation to tour with The Rippingtons as a special guest artist in 2000—the year he released his third album Undercover–after Jeff Kashiwa left the group.
Finally, let me end with Paul Taylor Performing “Ladies Choice,” a song that will hopefully leave you with a smile.