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Billy Taylor Trio

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Genre: Jazz Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
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Release Date: 7-FEB-2002

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. They Can't Take That Away From Me
  2. All Too Soon
  3. Accent On Youth
  4. Give Me The Simple Life
  5. Little Girl Blue
  6. Man With A Horn
  7. Let's Get Away From It All
  8. Lover
  9. Cool And Caressing
  10. Who Can I Turn To?
  11. My One And Only Love
  12. Tenderly
  13. I've Got The World On A String
  14. Bird Watcher
  15. B.T's D.T.'s
  16. Hey Lock
  17. That's All
  18. The Little Things That Mean So Much
  19. Nice Work If You Can Get It
  20. Surrey With The Fringe On Top


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 10, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Prestige
  • ASIN: B000000ZEP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,639 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Eric Sedensky TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 6, 2008
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I've been steadily adding to my jazz CD collection over the last year, trying to build a broad, diversified, interesting and enjoyable collection to compliment my lifestyle and my new found interest in jazz. This CD was one of the first I bought, and I just keep going back to it. After tripping out on something avant garde like Out to Lunch or getting sonically smacked over the head with "jazz" like The Big Gundown: John Zorn Plays the Music of Ennio Morricone, I like to be able to come back to something sublime and truly "jazzy". So, I can put on some Bill Evans, or maybe even some Miles, but Billy is the one that always takes me where I want to be. Clean, crisp chops, straight-to-the-point approach, true-to-the-music renderings - this is my image of what jazz is supposed to be. I consider this a great album to add to any jazz collection and a "must have" for any jazz piano fan. (And if you really want to hear Billy rip it up, I suggest getting 1969: All-Star White House Tribute. He plays on a couple of songs, but his "It Don't Mean a Thing..." is brilliant.)
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These tracks were recorded in NYC during two late 1952 and two late 1953 studio sessions for Prestige and released in 1955. It's a pity that there are no sound samples on this page (at the time of this review) because the sound quality is surprisingly good considering the state of recording technology when the tracks were recorded.

While the sound is surprisingly good the music is superb. Over the years I have grown accustomed to think of Dr. Taylor as an educator and jazz spokesman. He is also a virtuoso pianist whose other work managed to eclipse that fact. This album provides a reminder of his skills on the piano, and his sense of musicianship because his interpretation of each song evidences his ability to take any composition and make it his own.

His trio's other members - bassist Earl May and drummer Charlie Smith - are perfect matches to Taylor's playing. Smith is locked in to Taylor's every note as though by telepathy, and Smith maintains perfect grooves for each song. I will be up front and confess that I purchased this album as much for Smith as for Taylor because of his subtle playing and swinging approach to music.

The album clocks in at 68:25. For those who are interested in discographies, tracks 1 through 8 were recorded on November 18 and December 10, 1952, and the remaining tracks were recorded on November 2 and December 29, 1953. The tracks were originally released as two separate albums (volumes 1 and 2). A few of the 1953 track are included in a compilation that I highly recommend in addition to this album titled Essential Jazz Masters. It takes over where this left off with a thorough tracklist of Taylor's 1953 and 1954 work spanning seventy tracks and nearly five hours of music.
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This is classic material as jazz is supposed to be: not all hyped up with excessive instruments, vocals, or extraneous filler (i call mixed junk). If you want nice realxing jazz (cocktail music!) than I fully recomend this CD.
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Not for the casual jazz person, but if you really like the good stuff, this is for you. Taylor is from the old school not the junk people try to pass off as jazz today.
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I grew up with classical music- and it's taken me a long time to enjoy other forms
of music , but this type of jazz and blues talks to me. It has a sound all it's own, and reaches the senses.
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