Mick Taylor, Bath Pavillion
Bath International Guitar Festival
Of all the great blues guitarists who appeared in the UK in the 1960's,
none were ever more self-effacing than Mick Taylor.
After a career that has included stints with John Mayall, the Rolling
Stones and Bob Dylan, he is still something less than a household name.
But as the full house at the Pavillion demonstrated last night, there is
still a good number of people who appreciate his talents. With a finely drilled
band featuring Max Middleton on piano, Michael Bailey on bass and Godfrey McLane
on drums, Mick played a set that mixed some impressive original material with a
few well-chosen covers.
Losing My Faith was an excellent gospel-tinged original, the kind that
Eric Clapton excels at when he's got his eyes on the ball. Even better was his
arrangement of You Gotta Move, the Mississippi John Hurt blues classic that the
Stones covered memorably on Sticky Fingers.
Mick's arrangement started with a strong Indian flavour – Delta Blues
from the Ganges rather than the Mississippi – before progressing through down
home country blues and uptown city style, and
finished with a solid dose of Hendrix.
The evening ended with a tremendous cover of Dylan's Blind Willie
McTell and an equally impressive No Expectations, from the Stones Beggar's
Banquet, followed by an extended jam on Can't You Hear Me Knocking, another
diamond from Sticky Fingers.
The evening began with an excellent set by Kevin Brown, Bath's own
master of the slide guitar, who played highlights from Mohave Dust, his most
recent album, as well as a few appetisers from his forthcoming release, Tin
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