Caught Live!
@ Reed Whipple Cultural Center 2-28-04
Otis Taylor Blues Band
by Carol Michaud
The Blues Internet
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Cassie & Otis Taylor

In 1977, Otis Taylor left the music industry and started a successful career as an antiques broker. After almost 20 years, bassist/keyboard player and friend Kenny Passarelli persuaded Taylor to return to music. So we have Passarelli to thank for bringing this exraordinary musician back to us. Here, we have Ellis Rice and everyone at the Reed Whipple Cultural Center to thank for bringing the Otis Taylor Blues Band to Las Vegas.

Taylor took the stage with his banjo and went into "Ten Million Slaves" from his Respect The Dead cd. He then went into "Shakie's Gone" from his 2003 release, Truth Is Not Fiction. He began an acapella "Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day" before picking up the guitar to perform "Seven Hours Of Light." He brought out his band for a thought provoking new song "Buy Myself Some Freedom," which was sung by his daughter and bass player Cassie. This young girl showed us she has a beautiful voice. "Please Come Home Before it Rains" featured Taylor playing electric ukelele, with cellist Ben Sollee leading the way. He playfuly teased the audience with these final two songs of the set that will be on Taylor's new cd, Double V, due out in April.

Respect The Dead's "Just Live Your Life" got the second set off to a flying start. A song Taylor learned when he was about 4 years old, "Hambone," was next. Otis got the crowd involved and even roamed around the room. The band finished up the set with an extended jam on "Black Witch." Drummer Jerome Louden and cellist Ben Sollee proved to be talented instrumentalists. Even the Taylors, Cassie on bass and her father on guitar, showed off their red hot fretwork.

The band returned for an encore that included Otis scatting. The show showed off this wonderful room with the help of Otis Taylor, a true comeback kid.

We'd like to thank Ted Wilson at SBG Productions for all his help.

Photography by Carol Michaud copyright 2004 Brown Ink

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