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James Taylor taking time out to make new record

Supposedly, James Taylor is on a sabbatical this year, hoping to make a new album slated for release in 2014. But you’d never guess it given how busy he’s been lately. JT’s off to D.C. this week to pay tribute to Carole King, who’ll receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at the White House. Then he’ll be back home for the May 30 Boston Strong benefit concert for One Fund Boston. Eventually, Taylor says, he’ll turn his attention to the next album. “It’s been a while,” Taylor told the Globe. “I’ve released a lot of stuff over the past decade, but it’s been 10 years since I’ve had an album of original, studio-recorded stuff [2002’s “October Road”]. I’m very curious to see what comes out this time.” Taylor’s most recent releases were covers collections. It’s still too early to tell what direction the new songs will take, but Taylor is keeping an open mind. “We did a set of demos a little while ago — just me and [longtime collaborators] Steve Gadd and Jimmy Johnson. And those are very promising to me,” he says. “There were suggestions from various people about trying something new, maybe with a different musical surrounding. But the way I make albums has been an evolving process.” In other words, we shouldn’t expect a complete detour? “No, this is not my country record or reggae record. It’s not duets with the stars, either.”

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