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Billy Taylor

Pianist Billy Taylor joins Alyn Shipton to select his career highlights, including work with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, as well as with Ben Webster and his own trio.

Although he is not as well known in the UK as in America, where he is the best-known broadcaster on jazz, pianist Dr Billy Taylor is a hugely influential musical figure. He joins Alyn Shipton to select highlights of a recording career that includes work with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, backing the great saxophonist Ben Webster and leading a widely celebrated trio.

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Sat 22 Aug 2009 16:00

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  • Billy Taylor

    I Wish I Knew How It Felt to Be Free

    Composer: Taylor Performers: Billy Taylor (piano), Chip Jackson (bass), Steve Johns (drums). Aug 1996

    • Music Keeps Us Young.
    • Arkadia.
    • 71601 Tr 3.
  • Ben Webster

    Poutin'

    Composer: Webster Performers: Don Elliott (trumpet), Eddie Bert (trombone), Sam Rabinovich (alto saxophone), Ben Webster (tenor saxophone), Sidney Brown (baritone saxophone), Billy Taylor (piano), Milt Hinton (bass), Jo Jones (drums). 22 Jan 1953

    • Complete 1953 Leader Studio Sessions.
    • Definitive.
    • : 11256 Tr 13.
  • Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie - Hot House

    Composer: Best Performers: Charlie Parker (alto saxophone), Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet), Billy Taylor (piano), Tommy Potter (bass), Roy Haynes (drum). Birdland, Spring 1951

  • Billy Taylor

    Night and Day

    Composer: Porter Performers: Billy Taylor (piano), Al Hall (bass), Jimmy Crawford (drums). 20 March 1945

    • Separate Keyboards.
    • Savoy.
    • 0223 Tr 9.
  • Billy Taylor Trio

    You Tempt Me

    Composer: Taylor Performers: Billy Taylor (piano), Doug Watkins (bass), Ray Mosca (drums). 3 Jan 1961

    • Warming Up.
    • Milestone.
    • 47103 Tr 13.
  • Billy Taylor Trio

    Earl May

    Composer: Taylor Performers: Billy Taylor (piano), Earl May (bass), Ed Thigpen (drums). 28 Oct 1957

    • Billy Taylor Trio with Ed Thigpen and Earl May.
    • Lonehill.
    • 10227 Tr 10.
  • Don Redman

    Chant of the Weeds

    Composer: Redman Performers: Don Redman (vocals, alto saxophone), Inez Cavanaugh (vocals), Pete Clarke (alto and baritone saxophones, clarinet), Chauncey Haughton (alto saxophone), Ray Abrams, Don Byas (tenor saxophone), Peanuts Holland, Alan Jeffries, Bobby Williams (trumpet), Tyree Glenn (trombone, vibraphone), Quintin Jackson, Jackie Carman (trombone), Billy Taylor (piano), Ted Sturgis (bass), Buford Oliver (drums)

    • For Europeans Only.
    • Steeplechase.
    • 36020 Tr 10.
  • Billy Taylor

    Cu-Blue

    Composer: Taylor Performers: Billy Taylor (piano), Mundell Lowe (guitar), Earl May (bass), Jo Jones (drums), Frank Colon (conga). 1 Nov 1951

    • 1950 52.
    • Classics.
    • 1344 Tr 14.
  • Billy Taylor

    That's Where it Is

    Composer: Castioni Performers: Billy Taylor (piano), Henry Grimes (bass), Ray Mosca (drums). 26 March 1960

    • Warming Up.
    • Milestone.
    • 47103 Tr 3.
  • Billy Taylor

    Naima

    Composer: Coltrane Performers: Billy Taylor (piano), Chip Jackson (bass), Steve Johns (drums). August 1996

    • Music Keeps Us Young.
    • Arkadia.
    • 71601 Tr 7.
  • Billy Taylor

    Line for Lyons

    Composer: Mulligan Performers: Gerry Mulligan (baritone), Billy Taylor (piano), Chip Jackson (bass), Carl Allen (drums). October 1993.

    • Live at MCG.
    • MCG Jazz (distributed by Telarc).
    • 1025 Tr 6.

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