Saturday, January 26, 2013

Billy Taylor - Chronological Classics (1952-1953)

The third volume in the complete recordings of pianist Billy Taylor opens with five selections from a live trio session recorded at the Storyville Club in Boston during the autumn of 1952 and subsequently released on the Roost record label. The powerful presence of bassist Charles Mingus brought out the best in Billy Taylor and his drummer Marquis Foster. Taylor's wonderfully facile improvisations are stunning on this live date. Beginning with the Prestige studio session of November 18, 1952, he alternately bubbles or simmers in the company of bassist Earl May and drummer Charlie Smith. Four mambos recorded on May 7, 1953 find Taylor and May surrounded by congas, bongos, maracas and timbale. Billy Taylor's style owed something to Bud Powell and Art Tatum; he was operating in a set of grooves that paralleled those being used by Al Haig, Erroll Garner, Sir Charles Thompson, Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal, and, at times, even Lennie Tristano and Herbie Nichols. This excellent compilation is highly recommended, especially on account of the extended bass solos of Charles Mingus.
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Billy Taylor
Chronological Classics


1 Lady Bird (Dameron)  5:34
2 I'm Beginning to See the Light ( Ellington)  5:25
3 All the Things You Are (Kern)  8:14
4 Laura ( Raskin)  3:53
5 What Is This Thing Called Love ? (Porter)  5:24
6 They Can't Take That Away from Me (Gershwin)   3:06
7 All Too Soon (Ellington)  2:52
8 Accent on Youth (Longhurst, Seymour)  3:06
9 Give Me the Simple Life (Ruby, Bloom)  2:54
10 Little Girl Blue (Hart, Rodgers)  4:32
11 The Man with a Horn (DeLange, Lake, Jenney)  3:19
12 Let's Get Away from It All (Adair, Dennis)  2:24
13 Lover, Pt. 1 (Hart, Rodgers)  2:13
14 Lover, Pt. 2 (Hart, Rodgers)  2:42
15 I Love to Mambo (Taylor)  2:57
16 Candido (Taylor)  3:10
17 Early Morning Mambo (Taylor)  2:58
18 Mambo Azul (Taylor)  2:18
19 Cool and Caressing (unknow)  3:22
20 Who Can I Turn To ? (Engvick, Wilder)  3:24
21 My One and Only Love (Mellin , Wood)  3:15

[# 1-5]
Billy Taylor - p
Charlie Mingus - b
Marquis Foster - dr
Recorded live at "Storyville Club", Boston ; autumn 1952
[# 6-9]
Billy Taylor - p
Earl May - b
Charlie Smith - dr
Recorded in New York ; November 18, 1952
[# 10-14]
Same as above
Recorded in New York ; December 10, 1952
[# 15-18]
Billy Taylor - p
Earl May - b
Jose Mangual - bgo
Ubal Niero - timb
Chico Guerrero - mar
Charlie Smith - dr
Recorded in New York ; May 7, 1953
[# 19-21]
Billy Taylor - p
Earl May - b
Charlie Smith - dr
Recorded in New York ; November 2, 1953


neil said...

Once more, many thanks, mel, for the opportunity to upgrade from my mp3s...

Otis Foster said...

Merci mel. Fills a gap.


rm said...

merci beaucoup

greenishthing said...

just what I needed!! many thanks!

Marco Bertoli said...
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Baruch said...

Preslives said...

Thanks for this. As was the case with the Bob Cooper compilation, the usual password doesn't seem to work for this file. Is there another password?

Montag said...

Many thanks - most appreciated!

I also tried the usual password without success, then tried an older password "bloom" and that worked - I hope this helps those who are having trouble with the PW.

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you very much kind sir.

jazztap said...

Merci beaucoup mes aime

moop said...

Please give the password!

cvllos said...

Thank you, Melanchthon!
A little late to get it but still on time. A tremendous pianist & composer!

cvllos said...

@ "moop"
please read comment above by Montag.
It worked fine for me too.

Mike said...

More great stuff! Thanks a lot.