My Fair Lady Loves Jazz

June 1, 2008 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: June 1, 2008
  • Label: Hallmark
  • Total Length: 36:39
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  • ASIN: B0048165YM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,849 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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While Quincy Jones wrote the arrangements and conducted the large ensemble on this album the core is Billy Taylor's trio. In fact as you listen to the sound samples you will hear Taylor's piano driving the ensemble, with Earl May on bass and Ed Thigpen completing one of the finest rhythm sections you will find. Thigpen is one of my drum idols because of his keen understanding of melody - rare for a drummer - as well as his mastery of dynamics.

I am sure Lerner and Loewe were ecstatic over Jones' arrangements and the way the ensemble executed them. One interesting note is Billy Taylor recounted how Gerry Mulligan just showed up and sat in on some of the sessions. You can definitely tell when he was playing and when Charlie Fowlkes was on baritone.

Another thing that will strike you about this album is the use of lower register horns. In addition to the baritone sax there is a tuba, French horn and trombone that add a lot to the bottom end.

I'll wrap up with discography information for my fellow jazz geeks. This album was recorded for ABC-Paramount in three sessions spanning January and February 1957.

The initial ensemble was comprised of Ernie Royal and Don Elliott on trumpet (Elliott also played mellophone, vibraphone and bongos on some tracks), Jimmy Cleveland on trombone, Jim Buffington on French horn and Don Butterfield on tuba. The reed section was comprised of Anthony Ortega on both alto and tenor sax, and Charlie Fowlkes on baritone sax and bass clarinet. The rhythm section was comprised of Billy Taylor on piano Al Casamenti on guitar, Earl May on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums.

All sessions were recorded in NYC with the first on January 8, 1957. That session producted a single track: I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face.
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