Otis Taylor has received considerable acclaim for his various recordings over the years. Regularly his recordings are highly rated by DownBeat for example and he is a favorite of the DownBeat Critics’ Poll. His so-called ‘trance blues,’ employs simple repeated motifs over which he tells his stories (often in a topical vein) while he and his band members add musical embellishments. The music is generally evocative and haunting.
|Otis Taylor at 2012 Pennsylvania Blues Festival|
I received a review copy from a publicist. Here is Otis performing Blue Rain in Africa.