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A.T.'s .Delight

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002URI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,431,592 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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After being out of print for a while, it's good to have this one back again. Art Taylor was a lyrical yet forceful drummer, though never overpowering a la the way Art Blakey could be at times. One never doubts his presence on any of these tunes, but his solos can be quiet and introspective (EPISTROPHY) and also explosive (MOVE). Trumpeter Dave Burns is a fine hard-bop player, very effective throughout the album (he really tears it up on MOVE, fully muted). Turrentine's strength and dynamism are major assets here, and Wynton Kelly's piano is a delight; it's fun to hear him go down a very Monkian road at the beginning of his solo on EPISTROPHY before changing his mind and doing his own thing. This is a very classy album, A.T.'s best, and a delight for any hard-bop fan of the classic Blue Note period.
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I was surprised to see this cd in a used record shop this weekend. This album is a classic, and I would assume most jazz afficionados would call this album an important part of Blue Note's library. However, this album is at the same time, obscure. It hasn't been done by Rudy Van Gelder, and I'm imagining the copy I picked up from the used record shop is very old, and that I wouldn't find it at a place like Tower, Borders, etc..

Art Taylor is a great drummer. He was one of the drummers to come out of the Philly Joe Jones style of drumming, and was sometimes accused of copying Jones's style. Wherever he was getting his ideas from, he could play them well.

Art Talor did not lead many sessions, but was a sideman on countless numbers of Prestige recordings in the 50's. This album opens up with, probaly my favorite song, and most definately, my favorite Trane original. Art was on the original recording of Giant Steps on which this tune appeared a couple months before the release of this album. Syeeda's Song Flute is fabulous. Art and the guys take this tune up tempo, a little different than this tune is usually taken, but they do it well.

The next track, is a great Monk original. Epistrophy is one of his classics. This song recieves special treatment here, with Potato Valdez on conga.

Denzel Best's Move is the third track. Art sets the mood with cross stick patterns, then Dave Burns plays the melody, before Stanely Turrentine, Wynton Kelly, and Paul Chambers come in to finish it out.

A couple Kenny Dorham originals are left on the album. I'm glad I picked this recording up. It is a great addition to my Blue Note collection.
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This is A.T.'s second (and last, I think) date as a leader, but the lineup is all-star and Stanley Turrentine is all over it, as is Dave Burns on trumpet, who I had forgotten about. The recording is clean, but a little underrecorded volume-wise. No matter. Wynton is...well, Wynton - clean, precise and swinging as always. I'd like to hear Chambers a little better, but due to the obscurity of this recording, don't count on a remastering. The whole groove is totally different than the previous Taylor date ("Taylor's Tenors - 1958) It is now 1960, and the sidemen dictate a different type of recording, and that's cool. "Syeeda's Song Flute" is the opener, and the tone is set. "Epistophy" is a slow grooving blues shuffle with Valdez providing a conga countergroove. You can almost hear a "Kind of Blue" coolness running through this one. "Move" does just that, with Valdez, Taylor, and Burns burning it up. Honestly, Burns really reminds me of Diz here, especially with Valdez pushing the beat. Turrentine is brilliant - Creed Taylor had yet to get a hold of him and change his playing toward more funk. He shines althroughout. "Cookoo and Fungi" give Taylor and Valdez the chance to stretch out some rhytymic dynamics, and the results are close to pure African. All in all, someone would be wise to remaster both Taylor dates and reissue them at a reasonable price in a 2 CD set. And for the record - the name of this CD is "A.T.'s Delight".
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A very beautiful session from 1960. The leader, Art Taylor one of the greatest drummers of the period in his only leader date for Blue Note. The line up is very well assembled with Turrentine and Dave Burns as the horns and a fantastic rhythmn section with Wynton Kelly and Paul Chambers. No record could sound less than amazing with these musicians. The program is very nice indeed, with a Coltrane tune "Syeeda's Song Flute", "Move" the bebop anthem by Denzil Best (another drummer), Monk's "Epistrophy", an original by Taylor and two by the trumpeter kenny Dorham (the author of the famous Blue Bossa). One of Kenny's tunes, tha closing number is a beautiful minor blues. In the end a very very beautiful session. Just one thing I don't like, but maybe it's only my taste. I think that without the Patato Valdes Congas the album would not lose anything of its beauty, on the contrary. I would have preferred the music without the congas parts but ... it's a drummer's date so I guess they would liked to underline the percussions parts. Anyway Valdes is heard extensively only in Epistropy, Move and Cooko and Fungi ... but if he decided to stay at home that day, I would have appreciate ... five stars anyway.
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