James taylor, currently on tour in the USA along with fellow American songwriter Jackson Browne released an archive music video of his 2007 performance of “Never Die Young.” It’s taken from his One man band CD and DVD release of the time, from the tour of the same name on which he was only accompanied by keyboardist Larry Goldings.
In the liner notes for One man bandTaylor has written at length about this tour. “Of course Larry Goldings does more than just walk with me,” he noted. “His growing presence in the jazz world is well recognized, both for his own recordings and live performances, and as a member of a number of team endeavors.
“I tend to form musical (and personal) relationships with other players and then stick with them for years. Arnold McCuller and David Lasley have worked with me since the mid 70’s and others almost as long (Jimmy Johnson, Steve Gadd, Mike Landau, Kate Markowitz, Valerie Carter…).
Taylor continued, “After the death of my great friend, producer and pianist Don Grolnick in 1996, I played with a number of excellent keyboardists. It was during the recording of my October road album in ’02 that I worked with Larry. Russ Titelman had hired him to perform on ‘Mean Old Man’ with Steve Gadd on drums, Jimmy Johnson on bass, Clifford Carter on synth and fine seven-string jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli. They were an amazing group, and after hearing Larry Goldings’ solo on that song, the first time around, he pinned it down. It was our introduction and it has been my first call since.
“Then there is the bus factor. See, someone who plays can be great, but what’s it going to be like spending 10 hours a day riding until the next gig with them for a few months? Larry’s bus postman isn’t a postman because he’s a bus jerk, for a fact.
“Part of his talent is his ability to ‘part your hands’. While not as painful as it might sound, it takes a lot of concentration and skill to play a melody / accompaniment with your right hand and, with your left hand, (often on another keyboard) play a pattern. distinct bass. This Larry can do it with effortless grace, and he did One man band show possible. He is a committed father, brother and son, and I am indebted to him. Larry Goldings is my One Man Band.
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