Last Thursday, my friends Dan, Kevin and I had the good fortune to see legendary guitarist Mick Taylor at the famed New York City jazz club Iridium.
Taylor, as any Rock Turtleneck reader surely knows, was the "other Mick" in the Rolling Stones for most of what is surely the greatest run of consecutive classic LPs ever recorded. His soaring, stinging leads can be heard especially all over Exile on Main St. and what I think may be the greatest record of all time by anyone, Sticky Fingers. His leads were a thrilling counterpart to Keith Richards' chugging rhythm guitar and gave the Stones a dimension that their music lacked before and ever since.
Mick went light on the Stones material, playing only the instrumental coda of "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" (he wouldn't be able to get out of there alive without doing so), and pulled out his Gibson SG for a hot version of the Robert Johnson standard "Stop Breakin' Down," which the Stones covered on Exile.
Mick played some of his signature slide leads here, which more than made up for the fact that this "early show" was only an hour or so long. Some guy sitting WAY behind me was kind enough to record it.
While waiting for someone with the same surname Turtleneck to get out of our reserved seats, we struck up a very brief conversation with longtime Rolling Stone writer David Fricke. He was kind enough to write a detailed review of the show, which you can read here.
Mick Taylor has fallen on hard emotional and financial times in recent years, but has lost none of his musical gifts. I suggest he cash in his pedigree with a tell-all book about his years with the Stones, replacing Eric Clapton in the Blues Breakers and backing up Bob Dylan on the Infidels album and underrated 1984 European tour.
Here's the "other Mick" and the original Mick, back in the day, doing some fine work on the country romp "Dead Flowers."
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