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  • Audio CD (November 1, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Taylor Made Recordin
  • ASIN: B000003ZVC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,564 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. All The Things You Are
2. A Bientot
3. Handle With Care
4. Old Folks
5. A Tune For Howard To Improvise Upon
6. Cool And Caressing
7. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
8. Yesterdays
9. More Than You Know
10. A Bit Of Bedlam
11. For Undine
12. Billy's Beat
13. Gone With The Wind

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By H. P. Styles on December 6, 2002
Format: Audio CD
What can I say? Dr. Billy Taylor's keyboard wizardry is nothing short of phenomenal! Listening to him go through the various cuts on the album (ranging from pianissimo to forte and everything in between), one is hard pressed to believe that only one person is playing the piano. This is undoubtedly one of the finest jazz (straight ahead, classic, contemporary or whatever) albums I have ever heard. And I consider myself a jazz aficionado.
Kudos to the Doc and his trio!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Chandler on January 31, 2012
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This shows the real virtuosity of Billy. He is obviously classically trained, and makes you feel like practicing harder. Most pieces are original. The absence of bass n drums let's you pick out some great riffs easily. I love this CD.
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I have liked Billy Taylor for a long time, although I don't own that many of his recordings. There is one I do have called "White Nights and Jazz in Leningrad," or something like that, which I have in LP format, and which I absolutely love -- in particular the song "C-A-G." The reason I bring it up is because both that album and this one (and maybe some others that I am not aware of) were produced by Billy Taylor's own record company, called, of course, "TM" for "Taylor Made." That album, however, has a much different sound, because it is a trio recording, of course, but also, I think because -- and I have no way of knowing this for sure -- it seems that different production techniques or values were used to mic the piano. The result, to my ears, is that this recording sounds a bit "muddy" or "indistinct."

As for the music, I don't know that this is Billy best recording. He has always been known as an elegant, polished and virtuosic jazz stylist, and his proficiency is on display here, without a doubt. But his playing is just a bit subdued. Not that I wanted to hear him bang on the piano, but maybe an example would help. On the song "Old Folks," for instance, Billy plays calmly and with poise, but for my money, I prefer Mulgrew Miller's version of the song on the Art Blakey/Messengers album, "Live at Kimball's." There's just something a little sprightlier and bouncier about Miller's rendition, and by comparison, I think it shows that Dr. Billy's interpretation is maybe a bit too toned-down. There are places where the good Doctor catches fire, and I certainly hope I am not giving anyone the impression that this is not a good CD -- it is. It's just not likely to offer anyone who is not already well-versed in the technical nuances of piano playing any great surprises.
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By Gregory Taylor on October 4, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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