The World of Rusty Taylor, a hemp-inspired quadriplegic jester disguised as a jazz-singing poet and writer
Spinal Column magazine published an article about my singing. Check out page 24. Georgia Music Matt McCabe wrote a groovy article entitled: "Rusty Taylor: Chairman of the Board"
Taylor, a Columbus native and stalwart of the city's vaunted jazz society, warmly wraps these classics from the American songbook (" 'Round Midnight," "Fly Me To The Moon," "God Bless the Child") in a cashmere sweater of a voice, nattily accessorized by a standout horn section. On this album recorded at The Loft, Taylor peppers the Dave Brubeck hit "Take Five" with some lively scatting, and he delivers the world-weary "Lush Life" with a resignation stripped of the bitterness that often pervades it. The country waltz "He'll Have To Go" gets an upbeat treatment that swings with ease, thanks to Tom Chadwick's Hammond B-3. Then there's "My One and Only Love," which affectionately evokes a Billy Eckstine from south of the Fall Line. In the liner notes, Taylor—who was an English major at Mercer—writes about the music itself with some jazz-cat jive worthy of Thelonius Monk: "It's the auricular, life-affirming, thaumaturgic quintessence of Life itself." True enough.
-- Candice Dyer, Georgia Music Magazine (Winter 2011)
"If you like vocal/instrumental jazz standards, you will enjoy this CD by Rusty Taylor & Friends called "Southern Standards Time." Not only will you enjoy Rusty's solid mid range voice, but the musicianship is excellent... Rusty's voice really shines on "My One And Only Love" and "When I Look In Your Eyes." If you like a little jazz B3 organ, listen to "He'll Have To Go"... "God Bless The Child" and the trumpet interlude from Charlie Parsons… overall, this is a great CD, I really enjoyed it!"
-- James Larken Smith, The Morning Coffee Mix Blog
Rusty Taylor is a unique jazz singer in that he is able to present a ballad that is smooth, silky and with impeccable pitch. He will then sing and scat a be-bop tune effortlessly with style and taste. The set-list will range from slamin’ swing tunes to lush ballads, all with that special Rusty twist. His band is made up of the “A-list” jazz musicians in town. This is going to be a great show with Rusty Taylor and Southern Standard Time.
--The Loft's website (November 2015)