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Cassie Taylor: Blue

Last Updated 10/30/2012 9:59:09 AM


By: Rick J Bowen

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Blue

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Most blues and rock ’n’ soul singers go for the grit and power with their voices, leaving the soft sell to jazz and pop. Colorado-born Cassie Taylor goes for the latter, using her demure coquette-ish voice overtop driving bass lines to create a fresh form she calls “Neo-blues.”  Taylor is the real life “daughter of a blues man,” as her byline states; her father  is none other than renowned bluesman Otis Taylor, and she  toured in his band for seven years as bassist and backup vocalist, earning her respect among the blues community. Her debut album Blue features her trio the Soul Cavalry comprised of Taylor on bass, keys and vocals with Eric Wiggs on guitar and drummer Josh Moore, who have been recorded immaculately by Tim Tucker.

Taylor’s soft vocal approach works best on the songs that have a more harmonic base to them, such as the swinging “Black Coffee” and the waltzing Burt Bacharach styled “Disappointment.”  The clever popping “Goodbye” shows off what the trio can do alone with its tasty licks. While you have to love the opening line, “Hey asshole I wrote you a song, it didn’t take long,” from the thumping rocker “Make Me Cry,” if Taylor gave it just a bit more oomph it might sell even better.  

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