American Standard James Taylor

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Label: Fantasy

Genre: Songwriter

Subgenre: Contemporary

Interpret: James Taylor

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  • 1My Blue Heaven02:42
  • 2Moon River03:13
  • 3Teach Me Tonight02:58
  • 4As Easy As Rolling Off A Log02:50
  • 5Almost Like Being In Love03:42
  • 6Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ The Boat04:11
  • 7The Nearness Of You03:52
  • 8You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught02:26
  • 9God Bless The Child03:21
  • 10Pennies From Heaven02:52
  • 11My Heart Stood Still03:27
  • 12Ol' Man River02:53
  • 13It's Only A Paper Moon03:11
  • 14The Surrey With The Fringe On Top03:20
  • Total Runtime44:58

Info zu American Standard

Der legendäre Sänger und Songwriter James Taylor veröffentlicht am 28. Februar 2020 sein neues Album "American Standard" über Fantasy Records/Universal Music.

Die neue Sammlung markiert Taylors 19. Studioalbum und seine erste Veröffentlichung seit "Before This World" von 2015, sein erste #1 in den US-Charts. Auf "American Standard" fügt Taylor diesen zeitlosen Meisterwerken neue Klänge und eine neue Bedeutung hinzu, indem er einige der beliebtesten Lieder des 20. Jahrhunderts neu interpretiert und sie zu seinen eigenen macht.

"Ich hatte immer Lieder, mit denen ich aufgewachsen bin und an die ich mich sehr gut erinnere und die Teil der familiären Plattensammlung waren - und ich hatte ein Gespür dafür, wie man sich ihnen nähern sollte, daher war es ganz natürlich, "American Standard" zusammenzustellen", erklärt Taylor. "Die meisten dieser Lieder kenne ich von den Originalaufnahmen der berühmten Rodgers und Hammerstein-Musicals, darunter My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, Carousel, Showboat und andere." Er fügt hinzu: "Was die Art und Weise betrifft, wie sie vorher aufgeführt und aufgenommen wurden, haben wir auf die Akkorde und die Melodie geachtet, aber wir waren daran interessiert, etwas Neues zu machen, und um etwas Neues hinzuzufügen, haben wir die Lieder neu interpretiert".

Die 14 sorgfältig ausgewählten Stücke auf "American Standard" zeichnen sich natürlich durch Taylors einzigartige stimmliche Fähigkeiten und unvergleichliche Musikalität aus, aber was das Album so einzigartig macht, ist die einfallsreiche Art und Weise, wie er und seine Mitproduzenten, der langjährige Mitarbeiter Dave O'Donnell und der Meistergitarrist John Pizzarelli, an das Projekt herangegangen sind: wunderbar einfache, schlichte Gitarrenarrangements, die auf Taylors und Pizrelli's gekonnter Gitarrenarbeit basieren und nicht auf dem eher traditionellen Klavier. Die Wirkung ist faszinierend.

"Auf „American Standard“ macht der amerikanische Folk-Singer-Songwriter JAMES TAYLOR genau diese Standards zu seiner eigenen Musikersache und veröffentlicht seine größtenteils ruhig-akustischen Interpretationen auf seine ureigene Art. Und auch wenn er das Album seiner zweiten Frau Caroline, zuvor war er mit der Musikerin Carly Simon verheiratet, widmet, ist garantiert, dass nicht nur sie, sondern viele weibliche Hörerinnen und männlich-romantische Träumer ebenso begeistert davon sein werden." (, Thoralf Koß)

James Taylor, Gitarre, Gesang
Steve Gadd, Schlagzeug
Luis Conte, Percussion
Jimmy Johnson, Bass
Viktor Krauss, Kontrabass
Larry Goldings, Melodika, Hammond B3 Organ
Walt Fowler, Trompete, Flügelhorn
Lou Marini, Klarinette, Saxophon
Stuart Duncan, Violine
Jerry Douglas, Dobro-Gitarre
Arnold McCuller, Gesang
Kate Markowitz, Gesang
Andrea Zonn, Gesang
Dorian Holley, Gesang
Caroline Taylor, Gesang

James Taylor
In a career marked by artistic triumphs, the past two years for James Taylor have been notable for both creative virtuosity and recognition of exceptional achievement. In 2012, he was awarded the distinguished Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government and in 2011, was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama in a ceremony at the White House. Both medals are their nation's highest honors for artistic excellence recognizing 'outstanding achievements and support of the arts.' In 2011, Taylor was also honored with a Carnegie Hall Perspectives series, which consisted of four concert evenings presented by Carnegie Hall and featuring Taylor and personally selected musical guests. The first of these concerts was a gala benefit celebrating the 120th anniversary of Carnegie Hall. Three months after the National Medal of Arts ceremony, Taylor returned to the White House to perform for President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a state dinner held in the Rose Garden.

James Taylor's music embodies the art of songwriting in its most personal and universal forms. He is a master at describing specific, even autobiographical situations in a way that resonates with people everywhere. For more than forty years Taylor has been a compass for his fans, articulating moments of pain and joy, and letting his listeners know that they are not alone.

As a recording and touring artist, Taylor has set a precedent to which countless young musicians have aspired. His warm baritone is among the most recognized voices in popular music and his distinctive style of guitar-playing has been enormously influential. He has sold close to 100 million albums throughout his career, beginning in 1968 when he was signed to The Beatles' Apple Records. In 1971, Taylor was featured on the cover of Time magazine, heralded as the harbinger of the singer-songwriter era. Forty years later, his voice has been a constant in a changing world for his first generation of fans and their children. His songs have had a profound influence on songwriters and music lovers from all walks of life: 'Fire and Rain', 'Country Road', 'Something in the Way She Moves', 'Mexico', 'Shower the People', 'Your Smiling Face', 'Carolina In My Mind', 'Sweet Baby James', 'Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight,' 'You Can Close Your Eyes,' 'Walking Man,' 'Never Die Young,' 'Shed a Little Light', 'Copperline', 'Enough to be On Your Way', 'Caroline I See You' and many more. He has earned 40 gold, platinum, and multi-platinum awards and five Grammy Awards for a catalog that runs from James Taylor (1968) and Sweet Baby James (1970) to Hourglass (1997) and October Road (2002). His first greatest hits album earned the Recording Industry Association of America's elite Diamond Award, given for sales in excess of 10 million units in the United States. For his artistic accomplishments, Taylor was honored with the 1998 Century Award, Billboard magazine's highest accolade, bestowed for distinguished creative achievement.

Taylor released his breakthrough album Sweet Baby James in 1970. It went triple-platinum and spawned his first top 10 hit, the intensely personal 'Fire and Rain.' The following year saw the release of another million-seller, Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon, with the #1 single 'You've Got a Friend', written by his longtime friend Carole King. The recording won a Grammy Award in 1971 for Best Pop Male Vocal. In 1972, Taylor scored another gold album with One Man Dog, followed up in 1973 with Walking Man. The album Gorilla (1975) included two more major chart entries: 'How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)' and 'Mexico'. Following his final Warner Brothers recording, In the Pocket, Taylor moved on to Columbia Records and released a string of critically praised and commercially successful albums: JT, his 1977 double-platinum Columbia debut; Flag (1979); Dad Loves His Work (1981); That's Why I'm Here (1985); Never Die Young (1988); New Moon Shine (1991); the double-disc Live album (1993); Hourglass (1998), garnering Taylor his first Grammy Award for Best Pop Album; and October Road (2002)—all certified platinum.

The year 2000 saw Taylor's induction into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences selected him as its MusiCares Person of the Year in 2006, and his One Man Band (2007) was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Special. In 2008, Taylor released Covers and Other Covers that features Taylor's full band and is his own musical interpretation of tunes from the '50s, '60s and '70s. In May 2010, Taylor released the Live at the Troubadour CD/DVD of his November 2007 live performance with Carole King at the Troubadour nightclub in Los Angeles. Their subsequent Troubadour Reunion tour was one of the most successful concert tours of the decade. Most recently, Morgan Neville's acclaimed documentary, Troubadours: The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter was nominated for the Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was recently broadcast on PBS as part of its prestigious American Masters series.

James Taylor has received honorary doctorates of music from Williams College and the Berklee School of Music. Raised in North Carolina, he lives in western Massachusetts with his wife Caroline and their sons Henry and Rufus.

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