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Martin Taylor

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MARTIN TAYLOR ~ GUITARS
CHET ATKINS ~ GUITARS
CHET ATKINS appears courtesy of Columbia Sony

‘Europe's finest jazz guitarist.’ - Jazz Times

‘Taylor is the finest British guitarist of his generation.’ - The Times

‘Martin Taylor is one of the greatest and most impressive guitar players in the world.   I just love his playing.   This association has been quite an honor for me.’ - Chet Atkins


• For his fifth studio album Martin Taylor, together with Nashville legend Chet Atkins, give a masterclass in virtuosic guitar playing.

• Originally released in 1996, Portraits has been re-issued as part of Linn's ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label's award-winning catalogue.

• Portraits was recorded in Nashville, Hamburg and Scotland and, although primarily a solo album, it provided an opportunity for Martin to work once again with two old friends, producer David Hungate and the legendary guitar picker Chet Atkins.

• Atkins guests on several tracks including ‘My Funny Valentine’ and The Beatles' ‘Here, There And Everywhere.’

• Atkins describes Martin Taylor as ‘one of the greatest and most impressive guitar players in the world’ stating ‘I just love his playing.   This association has been quite an honour for me.’

• Taylor also excels in the solo numbers with a highly impressive version of Gershwin's ‘I Got Rhythm' that defies belief.

• His enviable technique creates a sizzling ‘Ol' Man River’ and he applies a gentle melodic touch to ‘I Remember Clifford.’


  1. SHINY STOCKINGS - Solo     3.52
      Frank B Foster - Lynnstorm Publishing
      Recorded in Hamburg 24 November 1995

  2. LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE - Solo     4.57
      Jimmy Heusen Van / Johnny Burke - Chappell Morris Ltd
      Recorded in Hamburg 24 November 1995

  3. SWEET LORRAINE - Atkins / Taylor duo     3.52
      Clifford Burwell / Mitchell Parish - Wright Lawrence Mus Co
      Recorded in Nashville 26 July 1995

  4. I GOT RHYTHM - Solo     3.18
      Gershwin - Warner Chappell Music
      Recorded in Nashville 26 July 1995

  5. WHY DID I CHOOSE YOU? - Solo     3.15
      Michael Leonard / Martin Herbert - Chappell Morris Ltd
      Recorded In Nashville 26 July 1995

  6. MY FUNNY VALENTINE - Taylor duet overdub     5.00
      Richard Rodgers / Lorenz Hart - Warner Chappell Music Ltd
      Recorded in Nashville 26 July 1995

  7. DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO MISS NEW ORLEANS? - Atkins / Taylor duo     3.21
      Louis Alter / Edgar De Lange - Chappell Morris Ltd
      Recorded in Nashville 26 July 1995

  8. I REMEMBER CLIFFORD - Solo     4.44
      Benny Golson - Temple Music
      Recorded in Nashville 26 July 1995

  9. OL' MAN RIVER - Solo     3.49
      Jerome Kern - Polygram Music Publishing
      Recorded in Nashville 26 July 1995

10. HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE - Atkins / Taylor duo     3.49
      J Lennon & P McCartney - Northern Songs
      Recorded In Nashville 1987

11. IN A MELLOW TONE - Solo     3.42
      Duke Ellington - EMI Music Publishing
      Recorded in Scotland 12 December 1995

12. MY ONE AND ONLY LOVE - Taylor duet overdub     4.57
      Robert Mellin / Guy B Wood - EMI Music Publishing
      Recorded Nashville 26 July 1995

13. KIKO - Solo     3.56
      Earl Klugh - Global Music Ltd
      Recorded in Scotland 12 December 1995

14. VERY EARLY - Solo     5.37
      Bill Evans - Kensington Music
      Recorded in Nashville 26 July 1995

      Total Time 59.20


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