Rick Taylor was a highly respected, much-loved musician, and was constantly in demand for any number of his brilliant skills; playing trombone, composer, arranger and educationalist.
Although this demand came from all over the UK, with soloists and bands from the world of folk, jazz and the rock and pop business, he had made his home on the Isle of Skye for the last fifteen years until his sudden and untimely death on 7th June 2019.
The musicians and bands that he worked with were many of the biggest ‘names’ on the music scene. From Scotland were too many to mention but here are a few; the Unusual Suspects, Peatbog Faeries, Eddi Reader, Blazin’ Fiddles. Again, too many to mention, but here are a few from England; Joan Armatrading, the Gil Evans’ Anglo-American and George Russel Anglo-American Jazz Orchestras.
Rick played, arranged the brass sections, recorded and toured with Elton John and George Michael. Not only that, he played with both singers during their respective appearances on the legendary ‘Live-Aid’ concert in 1985.
At the time of going to press, musicians from all genres of music are queuing up to show their respect for such a legend on the scene, so it’s taking some time to co-ordinate who will be playing at this juncture. What we can promise you though, is that the concert will be a rip-roaring event, in keeping with Rick’s ebullient approach to his music and his life.