Billy Taylor Music Keeps Us Young
Down Beat: 4 stars (out of 5) - "...Taylor is one of America's best-known, most-respected ambassadors for jazz....the surface of Taylor's music is so sophisticated...that at first you might miss the underlying substance..."
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- Released: July 1, 1997
- Originally Released: 1997
- Label: Arkadia Jazz
Down Beat - 11/97, p.534 stars (out of 5) - "...Taylor is one of America's best-known, most-respected ambassadors for jazz....the surface of Taylor's music is so sophisticated...that at first you might miss the underlying substance..."
- $0.99 on iTunes1.Wouldn't It Be Loverly
- $0.99 on iTunes2.Lover, Come Back to Me
- $0.99 on iTunes3.I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel to Be Free)
- 4.Body and Soul
- $0.99 on iTunes5.One for the Woofer
- $0.99 on iTunes6.Ballade
- $0.99 on iTunes7.Naima
- $0.99 on iTunes8.Up Jumped Spring
- $0.99 on iTunes9.Caravan
- $0.99 on iTunes10.Interlude
- $0.99 on iTunes11.Arkadia Blues
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Billy Taylor Trio: Billy Taylor (piano); Chip Jackson (bass); Steve Johns (drums).
Recorded from August 6 to 8, 1996. Includes liner notes by Ira Gitler and Billy Taylor.
Personnel: Billy Taylor (piano); Steve Johns (drums).
Liner Note Authors: Ira Gitler; Billy Taylor .
Recording information: Emelin Theatre (08/06/1996-08/08/1996).
Director: David G. Watson.
Photographers: R. Andrew Lepley; Gene Martin.
It is extremely difficult to believe that Billy Taylor was 76 at the time of this frequently lively recording. For the trio set with bassist Chip Jackson and drummer Steve Johnson, Taylor performs five originals and six jazz standards with creativity and swing. The repertoire (which has among its highlights "Wouldn't It Be Loverly," and a 10 1/2-minute exploration of "Body and Soul," "Naima," Freddie Hubbard's "Up Jumped Spring," and the pianist's most famous composition, "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free") is generally boppish, spontaneous and quite accessible, mixing together medium-tempo romps with ballads. Although always a bit underrated as a pianist, the seemingly ageless Taylor had by 1996 been recording for over 52 years! ~ Scott Yanow
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