SEPTEMBER 13 TACOMA, WA Former Motown musician, Ed Taylor is releasing his original single, "Sunset in Mexico" from the full CD recording, GOOD IS GOOD to select radio. "Sunset in Mexico" is the only original tune appearing on the summer, 2004 release.
Not many Northwest recording artists can say they got their break with Motown. As a session player with the industry giant for eight years, Taylor earned the chops and experience necessary to make a come back on his own with The Ed Taylor Band playing jazz, blues, and easy listening grooves. Percussionist, Sirrah Noel and Dennis Blackmon on keyboards are solid sidemen behind Taylor’s gutsy guitar and smooth arrangements.
R E-S-P-E-CT is gained through humility and Taylor is a very humble, yet entertaining man. Audiences love his banter from the stage of stories behind the set of Merv Griffin; hanging out with Smokey Robinson; performing an opening set for Bachman Turner Overdrive and of course his recollection of playing the guitar solo on Thelma Houston’s, "Don’t Leave Me This Way."
During the 1970’s in Seattle, Steve Kupka of Tower of Power gave Taylor’s band Mariah a break after hearing them play and asked the group to work with them doing some session work in Kay Smith’s recording studio. He has also worked with DeBarge and Rick James. Ralph Waite and Ray Brown were also instrumental mentors in Taylor’s career in the early 1970’s. Waite gave Taylor opportunities as an actor working as a stand-in for Lou Gossett, Jr. during the filming of "An Officer and A Gentleman." Taylor’s work can be heard in an Alka Seltzer commercial and he was a talk show host for "Open" a locally produced program from Tacoma, Washington
Taylor has performed from Los Angeles to Vancouver, B.C.; across the southwest and various regions of the country throughout his career. He currently focuses his performance time in western Washington to be near his family
Good Is Good is an independent recording Taylor released regionally this summer and can be purchased at www.cdbaby.com.