1995 Martin Taylor – Portraits

Martin Taylor, MBE (born 20 October 1956) is a British jazz guitarist who has performed in groups, guitar ensembles and as an accompanist. He is best known for his solo fingerstyle performances, in which he provides bass and chordal accompaniment in addition to a melody.

His individual style and engaging stage personality paid off and the gigs proved successful. After a few years he stopped touring with Stephane Grappelli and, aided by a recording contract with Scottish label Linn Records, he concentrated on his solo career. Primarily a manufacturer of high-end audio equipment, Linn felt that Taylor’s intimate and intricate style and tone ably demonstrated the quality of their equipment. These Linn recordings include solo work (Artistry and Portraits, which featured Chet Atkins) and some recorded as a modern jazz quartet (Don’t Fret). The relative success of these albums, and his concert dates, raised his profile in the guitar community as his peers became interested in his unique style.



1 Shiny Stockings 3:55
2 Like Someone In Love 4:58
3 Sweet Lorraine 3:55
4 I Got Rhythm 3:17
5 Why Did I Choose You 3:17
6 My Funny Valentine 5:02
7 Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans 3:21
8 I Remember Clifford 4:45
9 Ol’ Man River 3:50
10 Here, There And Everywhere 4:29
11 In A Mellow Tone 3:44
12 My One And Only Love 4:59
13 Kiko 3:58
14 Very Early 5:38


Guitar Martin Taylor (2)

Other Muscians

3 Sweet Lorraine

Guitar Chet Atkins

7 Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans

Guitar Chet Atkins

10 Here, There And Everywhere

Guitar Chet Atkins

Producer – David Hungate
Engineer – Calum Malcolm (Tracks 11, 13), Lars Elfendahl (Tracks 1, 2), Tom Bruner (Tracks 3-9, 12, 14)

Design, Art Direction – Don Fitzpatrick
Photography By – Euan Myles

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Linn Records
Copyright (c) – Linn Records
Glass Mastered At – Nimbus

Recorded on 26 July, 24 November and 12 December 1995 at Tom Bruner Studio, Nashville, USA (Tracks 3-9, 12 & 14), Muggenpark Studio, Hamburg, Germany (Tracks 1 & 2), Funny Farm Studios, Scotland (tracks 11 & 13), CA Workshop, Nashville, USA (track 10, recorded 1987).