Billy Taylor Trio

The Billy Taylor Trio

Billy Taylor Trio
  • CAT # PRCD-24154-25

    1. They Can't Take That Away From Me 4:43
    2. All Too Soon 4:04
    3. Accent On Youth 3:03
    4. Give Me The Simple Life 2:50
    5. Little Girl Blue 6:16
    6. Man With A Horn 6:05
    7. Let's Get Away From It All 4:09
    8. Lover 4:41
    9. Cool And Caressing 3:21
    10. Who Can I Turn To? 3:22
    11. My One And Only Love 7:50
    12. Tenderly 2:54
    13. I've Got The World On A String 6:29
    14. Bird Watcher 2:56
    15. B.T.'s D.T.'s 5:01
    16. Hey, Lock 7:54
    17. That's All 13:58
    18. The Little Things That Mean So Much 3:07
    19. Nice Work If You Can Get It 2:48
    20. Surrey With The Fringe On Top 5:27

Today we know him as a Ph.D., a television personality, a leading educator and spokesperson for jazz. For over 40 years, though, Billy Taylor has been a model trio pianist; and this is the unit, together between 1952-54, that launched his career in the trio format. Bassist Earl May (who remained with Taylor throughout the Fifties) was a sure timekeeper and effective soloist, while drummer Charlie Smith was a master of brushes and the other techniques this intimate format demanded. They responded expertly to Taylor’s inquisitive harmonic imagination, control of dynamics, and assured rhythmic feeling in this bounteous program of standards and originals.

with Earl May, Charlie Smith

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