6 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Drummer and bandleader Art Taylor led a rather colorful life, playing on countless sessions for Prestige Records as a veritable “house drummer” as well as making a number of sideman dates through Blue Note and Atlantic. A.T.’s Delight is his third record as a leader. Recorded in 1960, this date joins him with bassist Paul Chambers, pianist Wynton Kelly, trumpeter Dave Burns, tenorman Stanley Turrentine and conguero Carlos ‘Patato’ Valdez. Taylor contributes only one composition — “Cookoo & Fungi” — with the rest of the program drawn from the books of John Coltrane, Kenny Dorham, Thelonious Monk and Denzil Best. It’s rather interesting to hear Turrentine’s burly, Hawkins-like tenor work through the clean lines of “Syeeda’s Song Flute,” and he sounds at home alongside Burns’ fatter take on Clifford Brown. “Move” is extraordinarily fleet, and spotlights Patato’s conga as well as a darting Burns and plowing Turrentine, while “Cookoo & Fungi” is a rolling calypso that features a detailed pot-stirring solo by the leader. A.T.’s Delight is a strong and inventive slice of early ‘60s hardbop.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Drummer and bandleader Art Taylor led a rather colorful life, playing on countless sessions for Prestige Records as a veritable “house drummer” as well as making a number of sideman dates through Blue Note and Atlantic. A.T.’s Delight is his third record as a leader. Recorded in 1960, this date joins him with bassist Paul Chambers, pianist Wynton Kelly, trumpeter Dave Burns, tenorman Stanley Turrentine and conguero Carlos ‘Patato’ Valdez. Taylor contributes only one composition — “Cookoo & Fungi” — with the rest of the program drawn from the books of John Coltrane, Kenny Dorham, Thelonious Monk and Denzil Best. It’s rather interesting to hear Turrentine’s burly, Hawkins-like tenor work through the clean lines of “Syeeda’s Song Flute,” and he sounds at home alongside Burns’ fatter take on Clifford Brown. “Move” is extraordinarily fleet, and spotlights Patato’s conga as well as a darting Burns and plowing Turrentine, while “Cookoo & Fungi” is a rolling calypso that features a detailed pot-stirring solo by the leader. A.T.’s Delight is a strong and inventive slice of early ‘60s hardbop.

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About Art Taylor

One of the great drummers of the 1950s, Art Taylor was on a countless number of hard bop and jam session-styled sessions. His first important gig was with Howard McGhee in 1948, and this was followed by associations with Coleman Hawkins (1950-1951), Buddy DeFranco (1952), Bud Powell (1953 and 1955-1957), and George Wallington (1954-1956). Taylor seemed to live in Prestige's studios during the second half of the 1950s, although he found time to lead his Wailers, visit Europe with Donald Byrd in 1958, gig and record with Miles Davis, and play with Thelonious Monk (including his acclaimed Town Hall concert) in 1959. In 1963, Taylor moved to Europe where he spent most of the next 20 years (mostly living in France and Belgium), playing with Europeans and such Americans as Dexter Gordon and Johnny Griffin. He interviewed scores of his colleagues and collected many of the insightful discussions in his very readable book Notes and Tones (which was reprinted in 1993). After returning to the U.S., Taylor resumed his freelancing, and in the early '90s he organized a new version of the Wailers which, during its short existence prior to his death, temporarily filled the gap left by the end of the Jazz Messengers. ~ Scott Yanow

HOMETOWN
New York, NY
GENRE
Jazz
BORN
April 6, 1929

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