Billy Taylor Trio
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Genre: Jazz Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 7-FEB-2002
Top Customer Reviews
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.
of music , but this type of jazz and blues talks to me. It has a sound all it's own, and reaches the senses.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
arrive on time and in good condition , I'm glad I made a good dealPublished 11 months ago by Ricardo A. Pacheco
Again, this recording is valuable because it shows the great talent that Billy Taylor had at a young age and it is beautiful music to listen to.Published on March 25, 2013 by Renetta DeBlase