Urban Griot is a bop music album recording by BILLY TAYLOR released in 2001 on CD, LP/Vinyl and/or cassette. BILLY TAYLOR - Urban Griot. Filed under Bop By BILLY TAYLOR.
Biography by Scott Yanow. Jazz pianst, respected educator, and TV musical director.
American jazz pianist, composer, broadcaster, and educator. For other uses, see Billy Taylor (disambiguation). Background information. Nina Simone covered the song in her 1967 album Silk & Soul. He made dozens of recordings in the 1950s and 1960s, including Billy Taylor Trio with Candido with Cuban percussionist Candido Camero, My Fair Lady Loves Jazz, Cross Section and Taylor Made Jazz. In 1958, he became music director of NBC's The Subject Is Jazz, the first television series focusing on jazz. 2001: Urban Griot (Soundspot). 2002: Live at AJE New York (Soundspot).
Billy Taylor Trio is an album by American jazz pianist Billy Taylor composed of tracks recorded as singles in 1953 and 1954 for the Prestige label. The album was originally released as two volumes in 1955 and subsequently compiled as a CD in 1995. All compositions by Billy Taylor except where noted. They Can't Take That Away from Me" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 3:02. All Too Soon" (Duke Ellington, Carl Sigman) – 2:50. Accent on Youth" (Vee Lawnhurst, Tot Seymour) – 3:03. Studio album by. Billy Taylor.
Urban Griot is an album by Billy Taylor, featuring tracks recorded in 2000 and released by Soundpost Records. 1 Recording and music. Urban Griot was released by Soundpost on August 28, 2001. All compositions by Billy Taylor. Local Color, Can You Dig It?" – 4:25. a b c Carlson, Russell (October 1, 2001). Billy Taylor Trio: Urban Griot". a b c d e Graybow, Steve (September 15, 2001).
Playing the role of an urban griot, Taylor, along with drummer Winard Harper and bassist Chip Jackson, tries to relate to us the history of jazz. Covering that much territory in 54 minutes is impossible, but Taylor does what he can with a well-played mix of dance numbers ( Local Color/Can You Dig It ), Cuban textures ( Gracias Chucho ), waltzes ( Reclamation ) and blues ( A Duke-ish Blues ). I’ll be damned if Taylor isn’t hiding a third hand inside one of his suit sleeves. Taylor does slip a bit when a spoken-word dedication to a lost son comes out like an awkward public-service announcement and breaks the vibe. The wistful piece that follows, In Loving Memory, would have been just as effective without the sermonizing. His experience as an educator may qualify Taylor as a griot, but I’m not sold on the urban part.