Melvin Taylor & the Slack Band

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b. 13 March 1959, Jackson, Mississippi, USA. At three years old Taylor moved with his family to Chicago, and began playing guitar around the age of six, inspired by an uncle who played blues. He was influenced…
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b. 13 March 1959, Jackson, Mississippi, USA. At three years old Taylor moved with his family to Chicago, and began playing guitar around the age of six, inspired by an uncle who played blues. He was influenced by a variety of guitarists, including B.B. King, Albert King, Jimi Hendrix, and particularly Wes Montgomery. In the early 70s Taylor played on Maxwell Street, Chicago’s open-air street market, and in his mid-teens was with a group call the Transistors. He has worked with Carey Bell (and son Lurrie Bell), and was a member of Eddie Shaw’s group (with whom he also recorded) and the Legendary Blues Band.

Taylor, who has always been more popular in Europe than his native America, made his recording debut in 1982 for the independent French label Isabel Records. A follow-up appeared in 1984. He later recorded on Alligator Records’ New Bluebloods anthology before signing a recording contract with Evidence Records in 1995. He has recorded several excellent releases for the label, backed by the Slack Band. Taylor is a fleet-fingered player who plays with feel and technique, and remains one of America’s finest blues and jazz guitarists.