Friday, June 05, 2015

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Art Taylor

Artist:Art Taylor
Song:Little Chico
Album:Taylor's Tenors

Drummer Art Taylor was mainly a sideman who occasionally recorded as a leader including this 1959 album featuring tenor sax players Charlie Rouse and Frank Foster. Then he moved to Europe in the 60s. He was born Apr. 6, 1929 in New York City. As a teen, he was a big part of the developing New York bebop scene playing with Sonny Rollins, Jackie McLean and Kenny Drew. His first professional gig was with trumpeter Howard McGhee in 1948. Taylor also played with Coleman Hawkins, Buddy DeFranco, Bud Powell, George Wallington, Art Farmer, Gigi Gryce and Donald Byrd. By the mid-50s, Taylor was a regular on Prestige Records sessions and he appeared on albums by Gene Ammons, Kenny Burrell, John Coltrane, Red Garland, Jackie McLean and plenty of others. And he also formed his own band Taylor's Wailers and and recorded his debut as a leader in 1956 featuring Donald Byrd, Charlie Rouse and Jackie McLean. Taylor's Tenors was released in 1959 with Charlie Rouse and Frank Foster on tenor sax, Walter Davis Jr. on piano and Sam Jones on bass. So obviously Taylor really liked dueling saxes. Rouse wrote Little Chico. After recording the 1960 album A.T.'s Delight for Blue Note, Taylor moved to Europe and lived in France and Belgium for 20 years. He frequently worked with tenor sax legend Johnny Griffin in that time. He also wrote the book Notes and Tones which consists of interviews with musicians. That book is a must for jazz fans. In the 80s, Taylor moved back to New York to tend to his sick mother. He played New York clubs with young musicians like Marc Cary and Jackie Terrasson. His 1992 album on Verve Wailin' At The Vanguard was nominated for a Grammy. Art Taylor died on Feb. 6, 1995 at age 65. Here's a video for Little Chico by Art Taylor.

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