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James Taylor Before This World


Produced by Taylor and Dave O’Donnell, Before This World features ten songs, nine of which are brand new James Taylor compositions. When it came time to record these songs, Taylor enlisted many of his longtime musical allies including guitarist Michael Landau, keyboardist Larry Goldings, percussionist Luis Conte, drummer Steve Gadd and bassist Jimmy Johnson. Close friends Yo-Yo Ma and Sting also add their singular gifts to a couple of tracks (Ma’s cello graces “You And I Again” and “Before This World,” Sting’s harmony vocal underscores “Before This World.”)  Taylor’s wife Kim and son Henry enrich the proceedings further; bringing family style harmony to Taylor’s baseball love letter “Angels Of Fenway” and the classic folk tune “Wild Mountain Thyme.”

Taylor is thankful to be making music and to be doing so with a trusted and winning musical team. “I’ve got a good recording situation in my home studio, a great relationship working with Dave O’Donnell, and an amazing community of players, great musicians with whom I go back, some of them to the mid-Seventies, so I wanted to record with this musical community.”