Thursday, March 7, 2013

Billy Taylor - Impromptu

Dr. Billy Taylor has done a lot for jazz as an educator, promoter, and performer, but far too many of his releases from the 1950s and 1960s, such as this date for Mercury, remain out of print. The talented pianist is joined by the very strong rhythm section of Jim Hall, Bob Cranshaw, and Walter Perkins on this 1962 release, which focuses exclusively on his original compositions. Several of these songs have remained in his repertoire and have been recorded again in the decades that followed, including "Capricious," "Paraphrase," and "At la Carousel." The high point, though, is the tense up-tempo "Don't Gon't Down South," written during the turbulent battle for civil rights, which features fine solos by both the leader and Hall. This 1962 LP will be fairly tough to acquire.
Ken Dryden

Source :

Billy Taylor
(Japanese import)


1 Capricious 2:20
2 Impromptu 9:35
3 Don't Go Down South 3:47
4 Muffle Guffle 4:48
5 Free and Oozy 6:27
6 Paraphrase 4:48
7 Empty Ballroom (Une Salle de bal vide) 4:20
8 At la Carousel 6:08

All Compositions by Billy Taylor

Billy Taylor - p
Jim Hall - g
Bob Cranshaw - b
Walter Perkins - dr

Recorded at Nola Penthouse Studios, New York ; May 8, 9 & 10, 1962


rm said...

Thank you very much. Amazing, this BT session seems to be the only one with Jim Hall

ita diegues said...

Thank you Melanchthon for this one.

Otis Foster said...

Lovely - thanks Mel

stringbender said...

Hi Mel: Thanks very much for this very fine Billy Taylor / Jim Hall side.

ZM-JazzRock said...

Mel, great post of a great album. Thanx a lot for this rare jazz album. Jim Hall is always welcomed, and as a sideman of Billy Tailor, is a must have collector item.
Regards from Brésil.

moha said...

Thanks Mel!!!

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you very much!

grumpy said...

Many thanks.

Kovina Kris said...

Just gave this a listen and it is a DAMN fine session. This one gets burned for repeated listenings in the car for sure. Thanks again!

mybonnie77 said...

Thank you Mel.

Adrian said...

I have this one on vinyl.
I have now a big dilemma....
Which one to chose, they both sound good but kinda different.
Thanks a lot foe sharing with us this juwel.

Melanchthon said...

0x3 said...

your a blessing mr. thank you.
on for 111 gbp

NERIG said...

Hi there
Looks like a fantastic post. Is there a password with this? Or is it me?

AN90 said...

Thank you for this upload. Heard Billy for the first time on this video ( and now I want to hear more from him. His solo on that video was very appealing to me.

Greetings from Buenos Aires.

jazzcat1228 said...

Wow! Great lineup and very hard to find. Thank you for sharing another gem, Mel.