Taylor's Free Universe

Taylor's Free Universe
From left to right: Kalle, Johan, Pierre, Karsten and Robin

Taylor's Free Universe (TFU) had their long awaited live debut at an experimental music festival in Copenhagen in the spring of 2001. TFU's music draws a line from european free jazz (avant-garde) in the 60's up till today's contemporary music aided by electronics.
Danish born band leader/guitarist etc... Robin Taylor has in the past decade put his name and skills to a large amount of highly acclaimed CDs, all in the vein of an experimental crossover between (prog)rock, jazz and avant-garde. In recent years he has been collaborating more and more with the Danish saxophone legend Karsten Vogel (of Secret Oyster and Burnin Red Ivanhoe fame) and the French violinist Pierre Tassone. TFU was formed in 2000 with the addition of Swedish born bassist Johan Segerberg and the Danish drummer Kalle Mathiesen. Since 2002, the core of the group became more and more Taylor, Vogel and Tassone, while the rhythm section changed with time, including in turns bassists Peter Friis Nielsen and Klavs Hovman, drummers Pere Oliver J°rgens and Stefan Pasborg for live concerts and Lars Juul for live concerts and studio albums since 2004. Another Burnin Red Ivanhoe member, reedman Kim Menzer, became member of the group and is featured in the "Family Shot" album from 2005.

Robin Taylor runs his own label Marvel Of Beauty.

  • 5th best Danish jazz release of 2002! That's the rank TFU's CD "File Under Extreme" achieved this year as a jury of journalists had to find the best Danish jazz release among 136 productions.

  • Nomination to the Danish Music Awards! The CD "On-Plugged In Elsinore" (MOBCD 008) is nominated in the category Danish jazz release of the year! This is a live club recording from march 13, 2003. We had the pleasure to share the stage with the great Danish bass player Peter Friis Nielsen. No rehearsals, no overdubs, just improvised playing magic! The record was officially launched on july 5, 2003 on which day TFU played at the Copenhagen jazz festival.

  • TFU's new release is out. "Manipulated" is now waiting for your comments! The record is already nominated to the upcoming Prog Awards 2006! You can read more about this in the CD page, news section

  • Robin Taylor's Web Page! http://www.progressor.net/robin-taylor/index.htm




  • Read about or hear TFU at ....
    You can already have a look and two ears at the following places on the net:

  • Global reviews, essays, encyclopedias, sound files

    http://www.progressor.net/review/detailed.html#lt (index of all Taylor's records reviewed in English by Progressor)

    http://www.gepr.net/tafram.html Gibraltar Encyclopedia Of Progressive Rock (Scroll down to the band's name)

    http://www.progressor.net/review/top2003.html (2003's Top 20)

    http://www.movimentiprog.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=Sections&file=index&req=listarticles&secid=1 (portrait in Italian)

    http://www.nucleusprog.com.ar/r-robin-taylor-esp.htm (Interview in Spanish for an Argentinean site)

    http://www.nucleusprog.com.ar/ingles/r-robin-taylor.htm (Link to the same interview *translated* (!!) in English)

    Prognaut / Several albums (English)

    http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/taylorsfu (Real Audio Files / Netshop)

    http://www.waysidemusic.com/default.asp (Internet Shop)

    (several reviews in Italian on jazz web site)

  • Specific reviews about Manipulated (2006)

    Prog Archives (Review in English)

    Progscape (Review in English)

    Sea Of Tranquility (English)

    Axiom Of Choice (English)

    (Review in German)

    (Review in Italian)

    (Review in Italian)

    http://www.dprp.net/reviews/200641.php#taylor2 (Review in English, Dutch site)

  • Specific reviews about Family Shot (2005)

    Prog Archives (English)

    Progscape (English)

    http://www.allaboutjazz.com/italy/articles/arti0905_005_it.htm (Review in Italian)

    http://www.arlequins.it/pagine/articoli/alfa/corpo.asp?ch=2887 (Review in Italian)

    (Review in English)

    http://www.allaboutjazz.com/italy/articles/arti0905_005_it.htm (Review in Italian)

    (Review in German)

    (Review in English)

    http://www.cs.uu.nl/~jur/reviews/familyshot.html (Review in English, Dutch site)

  • Specific reviews about X-Position Vol. 1 (2004)

    http://www.allaboutjazz.com/italy/articles/arti0905_005_it.htm (Review in Italian)

    http://www.cs.uu.nl/~jur/reviews/xpositionvol1.html (Review in English, Dutch site)

    http://www.ragazzi-music.de/taylorrobin05.html (Review in German)

    (Review in English)

    http://www.allaboutjazz.com/italy/articles/arti0905_005_it.htm (Review in Italian)

    (Review in English)

    (Review in German)

    (Review in Dutch on prog Wereld)

    http://www.movimentiprog.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=Recensioni&file=view&id=1291 (Review in Italian)

  • Specific reviews about 9-Eleven (2004)

    (Review in Spanish on an Argentinean site: Nucleus)

    http://www.arlequins.it/pagine/articoli/alfa/corpo.asp?ch=2552 (Review in Italian)

    http://www.movimentiprog.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=Recensioni&file=view&id=1044 (Review in Italian)

    http://www.babyblaue-seiten.de/index.php?albumId=4251&content=review (Review in German)

    (Review in English)

    http://gaffa.dk/anmeldelser/view.php/mreview_id=27479 (Review in Danish)

  • Specific reviews about On-Plugged In Elsinore (2003)

    Progressive Ears (English)

    (Review in German)

    http://www.arlequins.it/pagine/articoli/alfa/corpo.asp?ch=2551 (Review in Italian)

    http://www.movimentiprog.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=Recensioni&file=view&id=620 (Review in Italian)

    (Review in English)

    http://www.babyblaue-seiten.de/album_3663.html (Review in German)

    http://www.jazzweekly.com/reviews/taylor_on.htm (Review in English)

    http://gaffa.dk/anmeldelser/view.php/mreview_id=27111 (Review in Danish)

  • Specific reviews about File Under Extreme (2002)

    http://www.ragazzi-music.de/taylorrobin.html (Review in German)

    http://www.eufonia.net/html/taylor_s_free_universe.html (Review in Spanish)

    http://www.progressiveears.com/Default.asp?bhcp=1 (Review in English)

    (Review in English on a Dutch prog site)

    (Review in English on a Dutch prog site: Axiom Of Choice)

    (Review in English)

    http://www.babyblaue-seiten.de/album_3439.html (Review in German)

    http://traversesmag.org/chroniques/taylorsfreeuniverse.htm (Review in French)

    http://www.jazzweekly.com/reviews/taylors_file.htm (Review in English)

    http://gaffa.dk/anmeldelser/view.php/mreview_id=25180 (Review in Danish)

    TFU's records have been reviewed or named in the following printed magazines: ExposÚ #28, #30, #31 (USA), Jazz Magazine #545 (F), several issues of Jazz Special (DK), Tarkus #30, #31, #33 (N), Traverses #13 (F). More to come!