Allen comes from a deep rooted blues/rock/jazz influence. His father was a music
lover so it was not unusual to hear Sam “The Man” Taylor on the record player
doing “Harlem Nocturne” on any given night. Then growing up in the 60's gave him
all the influences in the world. Al got his first Fender Precision Bass at the age of
16. He fell in love immediately.
Working with such groups as “The Bridge” in Cleveland and having the opportunity
to open for such greats as Joe Walsch and the “James Gang” gave him an early
Traveling to Mobile, Alabama found Al in a blues band called “Fat Back” starring
frontman and blues harmonica genius Terri Oniel Price aka. “Topper” . Like most
blues bands, they split up and Topper moved on to Macon, GA. and ended up on
Dicky Betts first solo album. He now has his own blues band in Birmingham, AL.
The road calls again and Al moves to Boston to be with the girl he met in San
Francisco. Here he finds himself living across the street from the Berklee College of
Music. Yes, the biggest jazz school in the world! Wait, it gets better. His girl friend
tells him that the guys in the apartment below are students and we should go hear
them sometime. Little did Allen know that his world was about to change. The“students” living below their apartment were none other than jazz greats (in their
graduating year) Chip Jackson, Ted Seebs and John Scofield. Needless to say,
Allen finally settles in Atlanta, GA where for the past year has been playing for
Atlanta's own “Main Street East”. An acoustic rock trio fronted by
singer/songwriter Steven Schuler. The group has just recorded a five song EP,
produced by Clay Cook (Marshall Tucker Band) .
And most recently Al is working in the Clay Cook band with drummer Simone
Simonton and occasionally sitting in with Caroline Aiken.
Allen has always had one ear in the past and the other in the present. Being
influenced by such bass players as Garry Tallent, Berry Oakley, Jack Bruce, John
McVie, John Paul Jones, Ron Carter, Stanley Clarke, AlFonso Johnson and of