Also a groundbreaking force among the sax elite of contemporary jazz: Denver native Paul Taylor took up the saxophone aged seven, and graduated as a music performance major from University of Nevada. Though having lived in Las Vegas, the proximity of his adopted hometown to Los Angeles gave him many opportunities to vibe with other R&B and contemporary jazz stars, including Jeff Lorber, The Rippingtons and Keiko Matsui. In addition, the charismatic showman and longtime basketball enthusiast was part of “Gentlemen of the Night” (with Marion Meadows and Warren Hill), “Sax and the City” (with Meadows and Vincent Ingala) and “Peter, Paul and Euge” (with Peter White and Euge Groove). With his latest CD “Countdown”, Paul, who has never been afraid to step out of the box of the “typical” urban jazz sound and mix it with other genres, launches into his third decade as a solo artist. The album fuses his trademark jazzy/funk/soul vibe with prominent elements of synthy dance pop/EDM, trancelike neo-soul, electronica, folksy lite rock, reggaeton, even a touch of blues.

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