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The Pulse of Entertainment: Saxophonist Sam Taylor's ‘Let Go' Cellar Live Album is Sexy


(November 22, 2022) - "Music is my only way to make sense of things," said saxophonist Sam Taylor about the release of his newest album "Let Go" (Cellar Live) featuring trumpeter Terell Stafford, pianist Jeb Patton, bass player Neal Minor and drummer Willie Jones, III. "They are all older than me. I wrote it as we were coming out of the quarantine phase of the pandemic. I recorded it in January 2022. I wanted to capture that point and time."

Taylor said "let go" means for the musicians to improvise and did they ever. The album is a sexy mixing pot of jazzy sounds. Sam and Cory Weeds produced the "Let Go" project. Songwriters on the project, aside from Taylor, include Barry Harris, Hank Jones, Benny Golson, and Jule Styne.

"Terell is a childhood hero of mine. I was a wall flower trying to absorb his music," he told me when asked. "I grew up in Philadelphia, I'm in New York now, and it's always been important to me to be around older figure out how they do this. By high school I was pretty sure a life of a musician was what I wanted to do."

Sam Taylor id s State University of New York graduate and has performed as a saxophonist with James Moody, Jimmy Heath, Frank Wess, Joe Lovano, Steve Wilson, Mark Turner, and Ralph Lalma. He debuted as a soloist in 2015 with "My Future Just Passed." In 2017 he released "Along the Way." Taylor also serves as music director for the West Harlem Jazz Festival.

My favorite selections of the "Let Go" album include #3 "Angel Face" because it's just so sexy; #4 "Getting' Together" because it has that Renaissance era feel; #5 "Out of the Past" because it sounds familiar, a vibe like a cabaret tune then a big band sound; #6 "Prisoner of Love" because it sounds like a love song and I love the way he makes his sax echo, and #8 "Philly New York Junction" because of that swing-era sound and jazzy vibe.

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Dr. Eunice Moseley has an estimated weekly readership of over one million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations and Business Management Strategist and Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore EVENTS: "Uplifting Minds II" Entertainment Conference (ULMII), founded by Eunice in 1999, is into its 24th year. Next events are coming to Baltimore via Zoom Saturday April 15, 2023, presented by Security Square Mall and The Baltimore Times, and Los Angeles via Zoom Saturday, November 11 2023. The ULMII event is a free entertainment conference offering a Professional Industry Panel Q&A Session, a Professional Talent Showcase and National Talent Competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) where aspiring artists have a chance to receive over $17,500 valued in prizes/product/services. Log onto for more information or to RSVP for Zoom Access email

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