Sunday, November 5, 2017

Billy Taylor with Four Flutes

In the 1950s, pianist Billy Taylor was best known for his work with his trios. For this Riverside set (reissued on CD in the OJC series) Taylor tried something different, writing arrangements for four flutists (including Frank Wess, Herbie Mann, and Jerome Richardson), his rhythm section, and the congas of Chino Pozo. The flutists get their opportunities to solo, and the music (which includes "The Song Is Ended," "St. Thomas," "Oh Lady Be Good," "How About You," and four of Taylor's originals) is essentially bop, but the unusual instrumentation gives the set its own personality. Enjoyable music that certainly stands out from the crowd.
Scott Yanow

Source :

Billy Taylor
With Four Flutes
(VICJ 41767)


1 The Song Is Ended (Berlin)  3:54
2 Back Home (Taylor)  6:44
3 St. Thomas (Rollins)  2:28
4 Oh, Lady Be Good (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:40
5 No Parking (Taylor)  2:53
6 Koolbongo (Williams)  4:18
7 Blue Shutters (Taylor)  6:54
8 One for the Woofer (Taylor)  4:42
9 How About You ? (Freed, Lane)  4:54


Billy Taylor - p with
[# 1, 2 & 3]
Frank Wess, Herbie Mann, Jerome Richardson, Phil Bodner - fl
Tomy Williams - b
Chino Pozo - cg
Dave Bailey - dr
[# 6 & 7]
Billy Saplin replaces Richardson ; other the same
[# 3, 4 & 9]
Jerry Sanfino - fl
Tommy Williams - b
Chino Pozo - cg
Albert "Tootie" Heath - dr
[# 5]
Same as avove, except

Seldon Powell - fl, replaces Mann

Recorded in New York City ; July 20 & 24, 1959


porco rosso said...

This sounds great, many thanks!

ita diegues said...

Thanks Meloanchthon.

laconico said...

Thank you for this one.

swingingduck said...

I've been looking for this one for long time.
Many thanks Mel.

Jazz from Italy said...

Thanks a lot Mel, your blog is always a mine of gold music ...

karelio said...

Another hip thing I never heard of before (shame on me...)
As I started to collect every second of music Herbie Mann is involved in ... huge thanks for this gem; may many surprises follow!

mel said...

Thank you very much.


Scoredaddy said...

thanks Mel. I enjoy unusual combos like this.

小抄 said...

A nice pick! Billy Taylor can always give you more than you can expect, and he's really good at ballads.

By the way, those Japanese "1800" mini lp series surely advance the sound quality in their ways, however I find that they are a little overdoing it. The old Riverside recordings are beautiful in the balance of their sounds, so I will choose OJC in this sense.

rowgatien said...

Thanks. I like Billy Taylor

Anonymous said...

Melan you are the men


Kovina Kris said...

After hearing "Impromptu" I'm going to jump on all the Billy Taylor I can find. Thank you for opening my eyes and filling up my ears!

Orbyt said...

Quatre flûtes !! I'm all over this one. Huge thanks Mel!

Adrian said...

Dear Melanchthon

I stopped checking the unknown (for me) artists and albums posted in your blog. They are all great.
I rely completely on your taste.
Words are just meaningless to thank you for the joy you are offering to jazz lovers.
Thanks a lot.

rm said...

thank you very much

cvllos said...

Thanks again, Melanchthon.
Links stillactive.

Baron said...

Thanks ... what can I say that's not been said about this site ... Magniferous! ... Baron

Tibau said...

Great album.!!

fcapeau said...

Fine & Mellow ...... As i like flutes and Billy.Many thanks, Mel;

neil said...

Nice one, mel...

deGallo said...

Marvelous! Thank you.

musician3 said...

AMAZING.......................THANK YOU FOR ALL

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks Mel. very inetresting pianist. Cheers.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Melanchthon said...