Wes seems to have found the solution to ‘how to get a big sound from a small band’ by creating a quintet with Dale Rabic – well-known for his organ and keyboard skills, Dave Galea on bass, Steve Francis on drums, Wes himself on guitar and vocals and just to prove that it’s ‘in the genes’ his son Jacob on percussion. Jacob also played a few numbers on bass and Wes’s younger son Samuel demonstrated his prowess when featured with a couple of numbers on violin.
An accomplished and passionate guitarist, Wes also is also highly impressive as a vocalist and his choice of music for this performance showed his penchant for producing interesting arrangements of many well-known and some not-quite-so-familiar songs, with a good feel for Latin numbers.
From the standard My Romance to Black Orpheus and a pairing of Norwegian Wood with My Favourite Things in the first set, we were treated to the Piazzolla classic Libertango in the second and Spain, written by jazz pianist Chick Corea, in the third.
Familiar numbers such as One Note Samba and No More Blues also got the Wes Taylor treatment to good effect.
Tonight’s performance was once again proof positive that you don’t need to go any further than the BJC to see and hear world-class jazz from our own Brisbane musicians.