Martin Taylor is widely considered to be one of today’s finest solo jazz guitarists. While still in his early 20’s, he was introduced to the world’s jazz audience as the guitarist with Stephane Grappelli, a gypsy-jazz violinist and co-founder (along with Django Reinhardt) of the Quintette du Hot Club de France.
But Martin’s familiarity with gypsy music goes all the way back to his childhood in Scotland. As you’ll hear in this interview, Taylor’s father was descended from Romany (gypsy) stock so Martin grew up surrounded by gypsy music and traditions.
Taylor was obviously enjoying taking a trip back to his gypsy-jazz roots and the members of Pearl Django were thrilled to accompany him.