Tommy Emmanuel & Martin Taylor
The Colonel & The Governor

  • I Won’t Last A Day Without You
  • Jersey Bounce
  • Bernie’s Tune
  • A Smooth One
  • True
  • Heat Wave
  • One Day
  • Lullaby of Birdland
  • The Nearness of You
  • Down at Cocomo’s
  • The Fair Haired Child
  • Secret Love
  • Wonderful Bab
  • I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
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The Colonel & The Governor
The world-renowned Australian “Fingerstyle” phenomenon Tommy Emmanuel and Britain’s jazz icon Martin Taylor release their highly anticipated duets CD, titled “The Colonel & The Governor,” on Mesa/Bluemoon Recordings.

This CD re-creates jazz classics from masters such as Django Reinhardt, Karl Krass, and Eddie Lang, and features Standards like Jersey Bounce, The Nearness of You, and Lullaby of Birdland. Both Emmanuel and Taylor also contributed original compositions to the project.

Taylor and Emmanuel and had an instant chemistry. “Martin and I go back to the early 90s when I first saw him on TV in Australia. I was so amazed by his playing, I rang the TV station and they gave me his hotel details,” recalls Tommy. “I immediately rang him and invited him to play with me at a beautiful theatre in Sydney.

“I have learned so much from Martin, as he comes from a jazz background and I come from a country and rock background. We both have a strong love of melody and arrangements that allow our playing to interweave effortlessly. Sometimes it feels like time stands still when we are playing together. Martin once introduced me on stage as ‘the abominable showman’ — I have always called him The Governor.”

“One of the greatest guitar players I have ever seen.”
-Chet Atkins

“A virtuoso, fingerpickin’ guitarist from Australia, Emmanuel straddles blues, jazz, country and bluegrass styles and is well-regarded the world over.”
-Las Vegas Review Journal

“Tommy Emmanuel is the greatest one-man-band around the world.”

“With dexterity and precise motion, Tommy Emmanuel’s fingers fly up his guitar neck, translating life stories into flourishing instrumentals.”
— Ft. Collins Reporter Herald

World-renowned Australian guitar wizard.”
-Australian Times

“World-renowned Australian “fingerstyle” acoustic guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, CGP, and Britain’s Martin Taylor, MBE, release their highly anticipated collaboration album “The Colonel & The Governor” on Mesa/Bluemoon Recordings.”
-Guitar International

“Aficionados of the style out there will love it…the guitar work is mesmerizing.”
No Depression

“Tommy Emmanuel and Martin Taylor Releasing New Album – A Top Story.”

“The sound they put together is inviting, homely and truly incredible. The images each tune throws up is one of stimulating and carefully loved enticement, designed to relax the listener whilst at the same time giving a sense of hope and off beat gentleness.”
— Liverpool Sound and Vision

“The music has a delicious feel, relaxing and soulful and one can picture up families, even with small children, dancing around the kitchen or living room, the music has a wholesome, family feel about it all, and in today’s commercial world this album is a simply a blessing.”

“Any aspiring guitar player might have one of two reactions to a performance by six-string virtuosos Tommy Emmanuel and Martin Taylor. You might stand, open-mouthed in amazement and admiration, and walk away inspired and energized. Or you might savor their complex skills and beaming passion, then abandon all hope of ever being able to master the instrument yourself… Few can match his [Emmanuel] flawless standard, but for his latest record release and tour Tommy has teamed up with a man with all the right credentials – his long-time friend and British acoustic guitar hero Martin.”
— This Is Somerset

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