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Otis Taylor Band


Jazz Alley (map) Downtown
Tue., Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m. and Wed., Aug. 23, 7:30 p.m. 2017 All Ages

Kelly O

My introduction to Otis Taylor was his third album, 2001’s White African. He’s from Colorado, but he took hill-country blues to heart, droning wickedly and refusing to change chords, except exactly where it would break the listener’s mind. He sang in the voice of a black man framed for a murder, lynched, doomed to roam railroad tracks and the wilderness alongside them as a ghost, trying in vain—and already losing hope—that anyone would ever hear. Well, that cost me a few winks. The new album is called Fantasizing About Being Black, so his humor is still obstinately corrosive, and over the years he’s added drums, trumpet, a few other not-strictly-blues touches. But he’s still singing about death. About running, running, and don’t look back unless you want to see your last muzzle flash. ANDREW HAMLIN

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Jazz Alley

2033 Sixth Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Hours: Tues-Sun from 5:30 pm.

Venue Hours
  • Tues-Sun from 5:30 pm.
Event Times
This event is in the past.
  • Tue., Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m. and Wed., Aug. 23, 7:30 p.m. 2017
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