Musical Discovery: Shooby Taylor

Shooby Taylor – The Human Horn – may well be decades ahead of his time. His a-tonal, experimental syllables (quite unlike any that can be found in regular scatting) are so out of time, tune and rhythm with the original source material over-which he’s scatting that it creates an uncomfortable and awkward experience. There is a resemblance with what Shooby did and some modern R&B singers like Frank Ocean who rap over the top of a pre-existing song. Taylor was a true maverick never conforming to any preconceived notions of scat, jazz or tonality. But then again, maybe he’s just shit.

I’ll leave you with a short recording of Taylor at the Apollo. This is the only video footage ever recorded of Taylor.

(Make sure to check out his version of ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’.)

For more Shooby information, updates, mp3s and mixtapes, head over to his website where you can find all your Taylor needs.

“I can’t tell you what it sounds like. But with most first-time Shooby listeners this is what happens: The eyes glaze, the mouth frowns, then around a minute into one of his songs laughter spews.” – Bat Guano

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