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Southern Standard Time is a collection of challenging jazz standards with vocals, some with non-standard time signatures but all with the collective inimitable stylistic interpretation of everyone involved with the recording of these really groovy tunes.

12 MP3 Songs in this album (41:06) !
Related styles: Jazz: Jazz Vocals, Jazz: Jazz-Pop, Type: Vocal

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I am Rusty Taylor from Columbus, Georgia, and Iâve listened to music as long as I can remember, huddling under the staircase as an infant while my father blasted the theme from âThe Good the Bad and the Ugly,â itâs taunting piccolo and the visceral growling of the chorus agitating my childhood psyche like a succubus to Victorian sensibilities. My father, in retrospect, was an audio-tech geek in his young adulthood, and he turned that infatuation into an eclectic collection of melody, harmony, and rhythm that has inspired me to actively listen to music of all kinds.

In 1992, I became gainfully employed as a computer programmer for an international credit card processing company, and I met Jeff Smith, a bass playing computer programmer; thus began my more focused initiation into jazz, an introduction that turned into a passion. The passion then turned into a dream to record some really groovy tunes with some of the friends Iâve made throughout my jazzonian journey. Rusty and Friends is the quartet that quickened from that dream. This recording, Southern Standard Time, is the result of our groupâs active growth and development. It is our gift to the world.

As adumbrated earlier, I met Jeff Smith through my introduction into the corporate world, a major chapter in my life with stories meant for telling at another fireside chat. Iâve had many people come up to me in the past and tell me that they play a musical instrument only to be disheartened when I heard them fumble through rudimentary chord changes, so when Jeff told me he played bass, I nodded and smiled. That smile turned into a Cheshire grin after I heard him play, and, as noted earlier, my love for jazz began. Together with Elwood Madeo and John David, we formed a version of the Eclectic Band and played around town; unfortunately, jazz in the South and my rudimentary skills appealed to few except our parents and a Mrs. Carol Ragsdale, who was an original founding member of the Columbus Jazz Society, a local jazz club since around 1987. What A Wonderful World was one of her favorite songs and is dedicated to her memory.

Jeff introduced me to the Columbus Jazz Society,, and Iâve been a member since 1992. Check out the website; weâre bound to be the best jazz society in the southeast. Through this non-profit organization, I met the other members of the band including the sidemen, who are very special participants in this project, sending the synergetic level even higher.

Tom Chadwick is our keyboard player and arranger; Jeff Smith plays bass; Mark Parker, Mr. Metronome, is our percussionist; and I am Rusty, the singer. Guest appearances on the recording include Dr. Paul Vanderghenst, former head of Columbus State Universityâs jazz program, who plays trombone. Fred Ezekiel is also a Columbus native who plays a wonderful tenor sax; heâs incendiary, man⦠enfuego⦠the bomb. Charles Parsons (trumpet) adds his inimitable talents to the project. My brother Richard Arlen Taylor, did some of the artwork for the CD.

Rusty and Friends has been practicing since the spring of 2009, working on groovy arrangements for Paul Desmondâs Take Five, Gentleman Jim Reevesâ Heâll Have To Go (a country classic waltz that we really swing), and George Shearing, George David Weissâ Lullaby of Birdland. Tom Chadwick did most of the musical arranging, but Mark and Jeff are responsible for the style changes throughout My One and Only Love. The other tunes on the recording are pretty straight forward, but, as in all jazz music, the music contains elements that are strictly exclusive to the players and their interaction. Itâs the auricular, life-affirming, thaumaturgic quintessence of Life itself. It is truly the history of a moment in time. And the journey has had some memorial moments.

We are Rusty and Friends, Auricular Portraits in Improvisation, and we hope to see you some time soon. Peace Through Music.

Russell (Rusty) Allen Taylor
Winter 2010

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