Jun 20, 2009

The Reflections

This is a cover redesign for an album my father's band recorded in 2000. They were a jazz group known as The Reflections and played around Roanoke, Virginia as well as other spots in the state and elsewhere. I have fond memories of seeing my dad play guitar, sitting around at rehearsals and at one point practicing with them on drums. I owe much of my love for music, especially jazz, to my father and the culture he exposed me to. Sadly, he passed away in 2001, so I thought this would be a way to celebrate Father's Day in his memory.

Above is the original cover. I think my interpretation might be a little too dark and modern for some of the music, but I'm happy with it. I'm offering up the album for download if anyone's interested in hearing it. The link is at the bottom of this post. You can also hear my favorite track, "Da Ja Vu", in the player below. I had planned to include a recording of a live show they did at the Snowshoe Ski Resort in West Virginia, but I haven't had the chance to transfer it over from cassette. I may post it later.

Personell on the album include my father, Ted Taylor, on lead guitar, Dan Pratcher on bass, Elmer Coles on trumpet and keyboards, Gary Bannister on vocals, and Austin Marshall and Clint Randolph on drums.

De Ja Vu


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