Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Billy Taylor - The Chronogical (1950-1952)

This second volume covering Billy Taylor's pre-Prestige recordings opens with four sides cut for Brunswick Records in 1950, followed by eight tracks done for Atlantic, and concluding with an early LP of Cuban-inspired jazz, all of which will be of interest to collectors. Taylor's bop-inflected piano style remains elegant throughout, always with a veneer of swinging brightness, and two of the best pieces here, the self-penned "Double Duty" and "Good Groove," show an acute awareness of both time and space, areas Taylor would go on to explore with his subsequent trios.
Steve Leggett

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Billy Taylor
Chronogical Classic


1 All Ears (Taylor)  2:55
2 My Heart Stood Still (Hart, Rodgers)  3:12
3 Darn That Dream (DeLange, Van Heusen)  3:18
4 Double Duty (Taylor)  2:54
5 Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (Harris, Koehler, Moll)  2:42
6 Thou Swell (Hart, Rodgers)  3:11
7 Good Groove (Taylor)  3:04
8 Somebody Loves Me (DeSylva, Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:42
9 Willow Weep for Me (Ronell)  3:28
10 If I Had You (Campbell, Connelly, Shapiro)  3:07
11 The Very Thought of You (Noble)  3:21
12 What Is There to Say (Duke, Harburg)  3:00
13 The Cuban Caper (Taylor)  2:52
14 Cu-Blue (unknown)  2:48
15 Squeeze Me (unknown)  3:06
16 Feeling Frisky (Taylor)  2:40
17 Cuban Nightingale (George, Martinez)  3:02
18 Makin' Whoopee (Donaldson, Kahn)  3:04
19 Titoro (Titora) (Taylor)  2:44
20 Moonlight Savings Time (Taylor)  2:21
21 Three Little Words (Kalmar, Ruby)  2:23
22 Oscar Rides Again* (Pettiford)  2:44


[# 1-4] 
Billy Taylor - p
Aaron Bell - b
Kelly Martin - dr
Recorded in New York City ; January 18, 1950
[# 5-12]

Billy Taylor - p
John Collins - g
Al Hall - b
Shadow Wilson - dr
Recorded in New York City ; February 20, 1951
[# 13-16]
Billy Taylor - p
Mundell Lowe - g
Earl May - b
Jo Jones - dr
Zoot Sims - mrcs
Frank Conlon - cg
Recorded in New York City ; November 1, 1951
[# 17-20]
Billy Taylor - p
Chuck Wayne - g
Earl May - b
Charlie Smith - dr
Frank Conlon - cg
Manny Oquendo - bg
Recorded in New York City ; May 2, 1952
[# 21-22]
Billy Taylor - p
Chuck Wayne - g
George Duvivier - b
Sid Bulkin - dr
Oscar Pettiford* - cel
Recorded in New York City ; July 11, 1952


GuitarGus said...

Thanks for this Mel

A very enjoyable trip down piano history
Billy really had a great melodic and interesting style
Merci mon ami

deGallo said...

Thank you. This is marvelous!

Foth said...

I've only just discovered Billy Taylor, thanks to you. Don't know how I missed him before, he was a wonderfully inventive and stylish player.

rubberduck said...

I'm enkoying this pianist.

A nice discover also for me

greenishthing said...

wonderful!!! Im going to try and find volume1

duck said...

Thanks again Mel, this is like Christmas all over again

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Doug said...

Thanks for this and so much more!

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks again Mel!

chuchuni said...

Magnificent, thanks Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Melanchthon said...

daniel genovese said...

Thank you.

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sotise said...

Thank you!!

Kovina Kris said...

Great to get some more Billy Taylor. Thanks a million Mel!

Fred Archtop said...

Thank you so much Mel.