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Definition of a Circle
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Album: Definition of a Circle
# Song Title   Time
1)    Little Betty
2)    Black's Mandolin Boogie
3)    Looking Over Your Fence
4)    They Wore Blue
5)    Few Feet Away
6)    Something in Your Back Pocket
7)    My Name Is General Jackson
8)    Love and Hesitation
9)    Majaraja Daughter
10)    Long Long Life
11)    Mexican Cowboy
12)    Lifetime of Freedom
 

Album: Definition of a Circle
# Song Title   Time
1)    Little Betty
2)    Black's Mandolin Boogie
3)    Looking Over Your Fence
4)    They Wore Blue
5)    Few Feet Away
6)    Something in Your Back Pocket
7)    My Name Is General Jackson
8)    Love and Hesitation
9)    Majaraja Daughter
10)    Long Long Life
11)    Mexican Cowboy
12)    Lifetime of Freedom
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Otis Taylor (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, slide guitar, banjo, mandolin, piano); Otis Taylor; Junko Ohashi, Se Youn Kwon (vocals); Cecelia E. Alvarez (spoken vocals); Charlie Musselwhite (harp, harmonica); Richard Sharples, Nick Amodeo (mandolin); Ben Sollee (cello, electric cello); Zach Miskin (cello); Ron Miles (trumpet, cornet); Brian Juan (piano, organ); Josh Kelly (drums); Cassie Taylor (vocals); Gary Moore (guitar); Hiromi Uehara (piano).
  • Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY; Immersive Studios, Boulder, CO; Sphere Studio, London, England.
  • Photographer: Len Irish.
  • Arranger: Otis Taylor.
  • On DEFINITION OF A CIRCLE, Otis Taylor cements his status as a true 21st-century bluesman, not just because he began recording in the early 2000s, but because of his intensely modern, syncretic style. Using the blues as a base, he ventures far afield while still maintaining a definitive musical personality. Everything from Hendrix-like guitar licks to jazz trumpet and semi-psychedelic effects is mixed with Taylor's earthy banjo picking and country blues leanings, but somehow he makes the whole thing work.
Professional Reviews
Uncut (p.97) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[G]enuinely edgy and unnerving, embracing keening electric guitars, scratchy banjos and African echoes..."

Down Beat (p.54) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Taylor creates sonic slices of life...that drench the listener with dark, obsessive urgency."

Dirty Linen (p.78) - "Taylor's forceful lead vocals and the vivid emotions he and his collaborators summon up make DEFINITION OF A CIRCLE an utterly original, and often unsettling, listening experience."

Living Blues (p.44) - "[H]is theme is courage -- the courage to prevail in the face of oppression, hopelessness, and the simple vicissitudes of daily life....He draws his images with an epic, heartbreaking dignity."

No Depression (p.112) - "Taylor continues to unite hypnotic, ultra-repetitive one-chord boogies with droning guitars and quicksand-like undertow."
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