Billy Taylor

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Review by Scott Yanow For this CD reissue, pianist Billy Taylor is features on eight songs with his trio of 1954 (which included bassist Earl May and drummer Percy Brice); the four originals (which alternate with standards) were all dedicated to disc jockeys of the time. The trio was pretty tight with Taylor in the lead and, although boppish, it ...

Review by Stephen Cook Having already dedicated half of 1953’s Cross Section to numbers with Machito’s band, it was no surprise that Bill Taylor’s 1954 follow-up, Trio with Candido, would feature more Latin touches — this time with star Cuban conga player Candido. In line with fellow jazz pianists George Shearing and Red Garland, Taylor doesn’t incorporate the Cuban clavé ...

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