Livingston Taylor – Last Alaska Moon
Taylor’s skill at writing classic American standard pop is on display here
Livingston Taylor is now working at lightning speed. Recorded in Franklin, Tennessee, ‘Last Alaska Moon’ is a case in point. To mention a few of the expert players who grace this album, some of his compatriots here include bassist Leland Sklar, drummer Steve Gadd, guitarists Vince Gill, Chris Rodriguez, J.T. Corenflos, keyboard ace Shane Keister and the backing vocals of Andrea Zonn.
Produced by Glenn Rosenstein, the set includes ten originals, ‘Answer My Prayer’ with Carole Bayer Sager, and an utterly reinvented version of Michael Jackson’s ‘The Girl Is Mine’ in duet with nephew Ben Taylor. The title track reflects his polished folk styling just as ‘Everybody’s Just Like Me’ walks the jazz side of adult pop and could have been recorded by Michael Franks with its breezy swing and slippery vocal tags. Elsewhere, ‘Henry’ and ‘I’m In A Pickle’ walk the bluegrass side of the fence — the latter with John G. McLane’s steel pan drums accompanying Aubrey Hanie’s fiddle and Dan Dugmore’s Dobro. Zonn’s vocal contributions to these tracks (she is on the vast majority of them) cannot be understated. She is equally adept at singing jazz, blues, country, bluegrass and folk…whatever is put in front of her. Zonn adds depth, warmth, and dimension to Taylor’s trademark tenor, which still uncannily echoes his older brother James. Taylor’s skill at writing classic American standard pop is on display here in ‘Answer My Prayer’, with his voice finding a phrasing that is his own yet evocative of an earlier era in American song.
Fans of Taylor will no doubt deeply enjoy this carefully crafted and artistically wrought collection.
Last Alaska Moon
Everybody’s Just Like Me
I’m Letting The Whiskey Do My Talking
The Girl Is Mine
Never Lose Hope
Christmas Is Almost Here
Answer My Prayer
I’m In A Pickle
Walk Until It’s Heaven
Call Me Carolina