P. O. Box 7281
Asheville, NC 28802-7281
A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Moshe Benarroch
Jim Taylor's 1995 release Time Flies is a very strong CD and on it you will find everything that can be described as folk and nothing that cannot. It is a CD that could have been released any year between 1957 and today- there are no musical trends, no electric shocks (admittedly, there is some electric guitar, but you won't notice it), no reggae, no rap, no disco, no etceteras. Reviewing it three years after its release seems perfectly acceptable because of its generic timelessness.
Jim Taylor first caught my attention when I heard him on a compilation CD put out by the Tangible label. The disc included music by songwriters from the Asheville area and I thought Taylor's track was the best on the album. The producers of the album must have thought so, too, because they named the CD Here We Are after the Taylor song, "Here I Am". In Taylor's song, which can also be found on Time Flies, the songwriter discusses trains and travels, movement and places- subjects that seems to appear throughout his music:
|I can hear that southern train whistle from my window. I can see the highway curving out of sight. I can feel the thunder of a big jet plane. Sailing away into the night.|
Primarily, the music on this CD is a guitar and vocal affair but it also contains some very fine flute playing (by Georgia Pressman), as well as other instrumentation contributed by Mac Smith (cello and electric guitar), Joel Pressman (bass), Billy Cunningham (dobro, fiddle), Bob Reynolds (mandolin) and Pete Latrella (drums) . Sonically, though, there seem to be some production problems- the sound seems almost unfocused. Taylor's voice sometimes seems too close to the microphone and sometimes it seems as though he is too far away. This inconsisentcy greatly takes away from the album.
If you like straight singer/songwriter folk, this CD may appeal to you. I, however, found that, in spite of the fact that all the ingredients are here and the cook is very good, the final taste of the food was missing some salt- that extra something that makes a great album or a great meal. I'm keeping in mind, though, the fact that this album was released three years ago and the fact that the production of the CD bothered me more than the music itself. What I found on Time Flies" was enough, though, to make me curious to see what Taylor has done since then. I see a lot of room for growth on this CD. Perhaps, in the time since Time Flies was released, he's found his salt...
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Edited by Kerry Bernard