Saturday, 7 September 2013

Review in from DMG in New York, for solo viola record Transit Check

Lovely review from Downtown Music Gallery NYC.

....Benedict has a unique sound as he twists notes on his viola in all sorts of bent ways. It sounds as if he is playing through an amp without any effects. There is a tradition of free/jazz violin from Michael Sampson (who played with Albert Ayler), to Ornette Coleman to Leroy Jenkins and Billy Bang. Taylor sounds like he is drawing from that tradition while doing things his own way. He pushes hard and plays intensely with passion and finesse. His music is concentrated, consistently fascinating and at times extreme yet focused. I thought that an entire disc of solo viola might not have enough going on, but I was wrong about that. This disc is an incredibly powerful effort and remains both enchanting and unsettling throughout. 

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