Songwriter/producer Gary Taylor has come a long way since his first solo turn in 1983, the A&M album G.T. With a still-strong U.K.
Songwriter/producer Gary Taylor has come a long way since his first solo turn in 1983, the A&M album G.T. With a still-strong U.K. following, such titles as Anita Baker's "Good Love" and the Whispers' "Just Gets Better With Time," and collaborations with Grover Washington Jr. and others to his credit, Taylor launched Morning Crew in 1990. His goal: to obey his own creative muse rather than the industry's commercial command. But interestingly enough, keyboardist Taylor—cousin to hit songwriter Skip Scarborough—is poised to become a commodity with this new album, which soulfully confronts the male/female relationship content of his previous albums. Tapping into a vibe that recalls the '70s heyday of Roy Ayers, Donny Hathaway, and Lonnie Liston Smith, Taylor conjures a romantic mood whose various nuances are shaped by such tracks as "The Nightlight," "All or Nothing at All," and "Keep an Open Heart." Contact: 818-387-2261.—GM