Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor

 New York City, New York, USA
BandJazzProgressive

SECRET IDENTITY, Mark's newest ensemble, now puts the focus squarely on Mark Taylor the composer. Putting aside the French Horn for the composer's pen, Mark has enlisted the aid of fellow musical travelers on a new collection of compositions created to explore Mark's current obsession with drama and narrative in contemporary improvised music. 

Biography

Over the last 20+ years, Mark Taylor's work performing and recording with modern musical giants Max Roach, Henry Threadgill and Muhal Richard Abrams, among many others, established his reputation as a go-to French Hornist in the jazz and improvised music communities. SECRET IDENTITY, Mark's newest ensemble, now puts the focus squarely on Mark Taylor the composer. Putting aside the French Horn for the composer's pen, Mark has enlisted the aid of fellow musical travelers Darius Jones and Jonathan Finlayson on alto sax and trumpet, and the stellar rhythm section of Ken Filiano, bass and Michael "T.A." Thompson at the drums to explore his obsession with drama and narrative in contemporary improvised music. 

Taylor, a native of Chattanooga, TN, has been commissioned to compose for theatre, dance, and the concert stage. He has placed two songs in the Dollface Productions independent feature film "The Girl" and other film projects have included “9/11 Fear In Silence” for JadeFilms and Camille Billops' documentary, "A String of Pearls”. Other recent projects include transcriptions of the work of seminal jazz bandleader James Reese Europe’s “Hellfighters” military band for the Brooklyn Repertory Ensemble and a multi-movement orchestral work commissioned by Anthony Braxton’s Tri-Centric Foundation and premiered by the Tri-Centric Orchestra in New York City in the Fall of 2013. Mark has also released three CDs of all original material, QuietLand, Circle Squared and At What Age.

Discography

Mark Taylor Quartet At What Age (2011)
Mark Taylor / Circle Squared Circle Squared (2003)
Mark Taylor Quintet QuietLand (1997)
Harris Eisenstadt Woodblock Prints (2010)
Positive Catastrophe Garabatos Volume One (2009)
Holly Cole Holly Cole (2008)
Jessica Jones Quartet Word (2008)
Jessica Jones Quartet Nod (2004)
Brooklyn Repertory Ensemble Pragmatic Optimism (2006)
Warren Smith Natural Cultural Forces (2008)
Warren Smith Race Cards (2004)
Rob Reddy Book of the Storm (2008)
Rob Reddy A Hundred Jumping Devils (2007)
Henry Threadgill Too Much Sugar for a Dime (1993)
Henry Threadgill Carry the Day (1994)
Henry Threadgill Makin' a Move (1995)
Ebony Brass Quintet Brand New Bag (1995)
Orange Then Blue While You Were Out (1992)
Muhal Richard Abrams Blu Blu Blu (1990)
Gunther Schuller Jumpin’ In The Future (1988)