Bassist Larry Taylor "Life Story"

randulo

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I mentioned that my longtime friend Larry (The Mole) Taylor passed away in late August. He and I had a series of long conversations where I "interviewed" him, possibly for an autobiography. I'm waiting a respectful period before talking to his wife Andrea about whether she wants to take that on. Meanwhile, I am starting to edit the many hours and have posted the first ten minutes here:

https://soundcloud.com/randulo%2Flarry-mole-taylor View: https://soundcloud.com/randulo/larry-mole-taylor


As Larry is not a saxophonist, I don't think it's necessarily appropriate to burden these pages with a long story, but I wanted to give you a sample of what's to come, there's a playlist on the Soundcloud page:

https://soundcloud.com/randulo%2Fsets%2Flarry-the-mole-taylor-story View: https://soundcloud.com/randulo/sets/larry-the-mole-taylor-story


Larry began with people like Jerry Lee Lewis, he was the ghost bassist on the Monkees albums and hits and played with the best of the blues, people like harmonicist Kim Wilson. He co-founded Canned Heat who played at Woodstock and are still touring. He played with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers (he got me on that gig!) with many great players, such as Red Holloway. Most people know Larry's work from the many Tom Waits albums and tours. He was on Letterman at leastv three time playing upright bass with Tom Waits, but Larry also smoked on guitar. I miss him already! When we spoke this year, he was in chemotherapy, but he brushed it off as something he had to do. He didn't complain about how horrible it must have been. This is a man who showed up, plugged in, tuned up and played his ___ off every time and in every situation. Larry may have know how to read, but in my experience with him, no one ever wrote out parts. With Mayall, we all made our our parts on the spot. John would come in with a paper bag and lyrics and changes. We'd run through it, Red Holloway would play flute or tenor, make up a line, Larry and Soko Richardson, who was with Ike and Tina before this, would lay down a groove and we guitarists would play what we heard. Thos sessions and gigs were unforgettable. And now, Red, Soko and most recently Larry are gone.
 

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I personally don't think it matters that he wasn't a Saxophonist, the people here a lovers of music not just the Saxophone,. I have listened to a lot of Tom Waits over the years I'll have a look and see which albums he was on, I also listened to John Mayall many years ago and I do like a bit of Canned Heat, Rollin' and Tumblin' probably being my favourite song
 
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I posted the first one, but there's hours of it and I don't know who may be interested in what we talked about. The playlist will contain whatever audio gets published, so for those interested, they are welcome to make a note of that. @aldevis also made a good suggestion about placing things in the "other instruments" section, although to me, it's more like another world.

And here we are!
 
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I mentioned that my longtime friend Larry (The Mole) Taylor passed away in late August. He and I had a series of long conversations where I "interviewed" him, possibly for an autobiography. I'm waiting a respectful period before talking to his wife Andrea about whether she wants to take that on. Meanwhile, I am starting to edit the many hours and have posted the first ten minutes here:

https://soundcloud.com/randulo%2Flarry-mole-taylor View: https://soundcloud.com/randulo/larry-mole-taylor


As Larry is not a saxophonist, I don't think it's necessarily appropriate to burden these pages with a long story, but I wanted to give you a sample of what's to come, there's a playlist on the Soundcloud page:

https://soundcloud.com/randulo%2Fsets%2Flarry-the-mole-taylor-story View: https://soundcloud.com/randulo/sets/larry-the-mole-taylor-story


Larry began with people like Jerry Lee Lewis, he was the ghost bassist on the Monkees albums and hits and played with the best of the blues, people like harmonicist Kim Wilson. He co-founded Canned Heat who played at Woodstock and are still touring. He played with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers (he got me on that gig!) with many great players, such as Red Holloway. Most people know Larry's work from the many Tom Waits albums and tours. He was on Letterman at leastv three time playing upright bass with Tom Waits, but Larry also smoked on guitar. I miss him already! When we spoke this year, he was in chemotherapy, but he brushed it off as something he had to do. He didn't complain about how horrible it must have been. This is a man who showed up, plugged in, tuned up and played his ___ off every time and in every situation. Larry may have know how to read, but in my experience with him, no one ever wrote out parts. With Mayall, we all made our our parts on the spot. John would come in with a paper bag and lyrics and changes. We'd run through it, Red Holloway would play flute or tenor, make up a line, Larry and Soko Richardson, who was with Ike and Tina before this, would lay down a groove and we guitarists would play what we heard. Thos sessions and gigs were unforgettable. And now, Red, Soko and most recently Larry are gone.
I saw The Mole with Canned Heat in Miami back in the day. One of the best concerts ever, and a great bassist. Boogie, Children.
 

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I saw Canned Heat at the Philharmonic Hall in 1970, he was with them then.
I saw John Mayall when he had the really great musicians, Eric Clapton, Peter Greene, Mick Taylor and the many more in those bands.
 

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I saw Canned Heat at the Philharmonic Hall in 1970, he was with them then.
I saw John Mayall when he had the really great musicians, Eric Clapton, Peter Greene, Mick Taylor and the many more in those bands.
Right! Larry played on the Mayall album, "Jazz-Blues Union", I think it is called.
 
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Actually, I should have said bassist and guitar player, because Larry was good on blues guitar and played plenty over the years, including on a tune on my solo CD. He did record on USA Union and they toured Europe and I think the USA. He also played on Mayall's "Latest Edition" and on previous albums "Jazz Blues Fusion" that had this lineup:
And Mayall's "Moving On"
In the 1970's Larry and I recorded a few albums with blues violinist Sugarcane Harris, as well.
 

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Actually, I should have said bassist and guitar player, because Larry was good on blues guitar and played plenty over the years, including on a tune on my solo CD. He did record on USA Union and they toured Europe and I think the USA. He also played on Mayall's "Latest Edition" and on previous albums "Jazz Blues Fusion" that had this lineup:
And Mayall's "Moving On"
In the 1970's Larry and I recorded a few albums with blues violinist Sugarcane Harris, as well.
ERNIE WATTS! Another little-known but killing' player.
 
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