Dave Ball – better known in the music business as Taif, is recognised as one of Europe’s premier Bass players.
Taif was born in Weston-Super-Mare, educated in Barry Boys Comprehensive School. And then went on to study at Leeds College of Music.
After leaving Leeds College of Music, Taif began his career touring the UK and US with Jools Holland and the Millionaires. On his return Taif pursued his love of jazz and teamed up with Barbara Thompson, Jon Hisemann and Paraphernalia touring extensively throughout Europe and the UK. Barbara Thompson, a musician who has defined her position in the pantheon of modern jazz initiated Taif into the world of avant-garde music. Fuelled by his own undying creative curiosity, Taif confidently motored across some previously untouched musical borders, playing on a number of albums, including ‘Night Watch’ and ‘Shifting Sands’. These amply demonstrate his inimitable ability to deliver a soulful groove or a rangy solo all while exploring some musical outer limits.
This productive period produced several albums including the legendary Pure Fantasy.
In between tours Taif collaborated with a variety of musicians ranging in diversity from Killing Joke to Lloyd Cole. Other bands Include John Martyn, David Knopfler, Steve Hackett, Suggs, Vanessa Mae and Jon Hisemann’s Colosseum.