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-Richard Bourcier
Senior Staff Writer
The Jazz Review
March 12, 2002



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Folk and blues fans are excited about Otis Taylor¹s return to performing and recording. The Chicago born entertainer now lives in Boulder, Colorado and is making a comeback after almost 20 years.

Taylor¹s past experience dates back to 1964 when he formed his first group, the Butterscotch Fire Department Blues Band that evolved into the Otis Taylor Blues Band. He later appeared with guitarist Tommy Bolin of The James Gang and Deep Purple fame. After a stint with Zephyr (remember Candy Givens?) Otis Taylor took a lengthy hiatus from music in 1977.

Having returned to the blues in the mid '90s, Taylor issued his successful CD,
White African on the NorthernBlues label. That CD is now nominated in four categories for a W.C.Handy Award including Best Blues Album of the
Year.

His newest recording
Respect The Dead will be available in early April 2002. The singer deals with subjects ranging from slavery, racial intolerance, political ignorance to "love lost." Taylor¹s blues spring from personal situations and tales related to him by friends and relatives. The acoustic instrumentation enhances the singer¹s emotional delivery. His heartfelt lyrics on "32nd Time" will stir up emotions in most listeners and deals with civil rights in a song that pulls no punches. The same can be said of most
tracks on this fine CD. Otis Taylor can deliver some very bitter medicine, but isn't that what blues is all about? This is a very honest and impressive encounter with a "thinking" bluesman.
 

"...Taylor can deliver some very bitter medicine, but isn't that what blues is all about?"