Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Art Taylor in action

Art was one of the most prolific and respected drummers of his era. Pick up any circa 50s or 60s jazz album and there is a high probability that he was the drummer. My favorite album with him on it is The Ultimate Jazz Collection by the Red Garland Trio (with Paul Chambers on bass.) Not only is this album nearly five hours of the best damn piano trio music, but Taylor cuts loose. When he played sessions he was solid, but pretty generic. On that album he is pure dynamite.

The real reason I am posting, though, is to share this live video of Taylor in Paris, 1971, backing Johnny Griffin on tenor saxophone, René Urtreger on piano and Alby Cullaz on bass.

Songs are:

  1. Now's the Time
  2. My Little Suede Shoes
  3. Blue Monk
  4. Blues for Harvey

1 comment:

Drummer said...

Love everything about this. Art's playing is just splendid as is the sound of his drums here. He didn't normally rush his fours and eights as he does here...he appears to be a bit under the weather. Underrated for sure.