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Art Taylor and his percussion “A.T.’s Delight” album

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Art Taylor was considered as one of the elite Jazz drummer of the 50’s and 60’s. This album is a real “Classic,” right from the first track (“Syeeda’s Song Flute”) you can hear its uniqueness and as only happens when an experience drummer is in charge, as in this case with Art Taylor calling the shots. As we have seen before this 1960 recording, drummers like Art Blakey, Kenny Clarke and Max Roach added another dimension to the output. In “A.T.’s Delight” Art Taylor has Cuban percussionist Carlos “Patato” Valdes providing his feedback with the conga, he appears in three of the six songs (“Epistrophy,” “Move” and “Cookoo and Fungi.” This album is rarely spoken about and for this reason I wrote this sort of reminder to the Jazz Con Class Radio listeners/readers. Enjoy!

About the album:

Despite being a mainstay on many a Prestige and Blue Note session in the 1950s and ’60s, jazz drummer Art Taylor didn’t get much of the spotlight. That makes albums like DELIGHT all the more valuable for lovers of the hard-bop drumming style (i.e., Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach). With the soulful tenor sax of Stanley Turrentine and the clean, spare swing of pianist Wynton Kelly coloring the ride……Read More

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