The James Taylor Quartet

Formed 1985.
The James Taylor Quartet


The James Taylor Quartet are a British four-piece jazz funk band, who have become renowned for their live performances. They were formed in 1987 by Hammond organ player James Taylor following the break-up of his former band The Prisoners in the wake of Stiff Records' bankruptcy. The current line-up is James Taylor (Hammond organ), Chris Montague (guitar), Andrew McKinney (bass) and Adam Betts (drums), although recordings and live performances usually feature a horn section comprising John Willmott (tenor sax/flute) and Nick Smart (trumpet), and also vocalist Yvonne Yanney.

The band is often referred to by the acronym JTQ, and have no connection to the American singer-songwriter James Taylor.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Don't Mess With Mr T

    Don't Mess With Mr T 2007

    Reviewed by Martin Longley
    James T covers Motown, but why?
  2. Review of The Oscillator

    The Oscillator 2003

    Reviewed by Jack Smith
    It makes no attempt to break new ground and is much the better for it.
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