Billy Taylor – With Four Flutes (Full Album)

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Billy Taylor with Four Flutes is an album by American jazz pianist Billy Taylor featuring tracks recorded in 1959 for the Riverside label.

AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow:
In the 1950s, pianist Billy Taylor was best known for his work with his trios. For this Riverside set (reissued on CD in the OJC series) Taylor tried something different, writing arrangements for four flutists (including Frank Wess, Herbie Mann, and Jerome Richardson), his rhythm section, and the congas of Chino Pozo. The flutists get their opportunities to solo, and the music (which includes “The Song Is Ended,” “St. Thomas,” “Oh Lady Be Good,” “How About You,” and four of Taylor’s originals) is essentially bop, but the unusual instrumentation gives the set its own personality. Enjoyable music that certainly stands out from the crowd (http://www.allmusic.com/album/billy-taylor-with-four-flutes-mw0000113827).

Track listing:
All compositions by Billy Taylor except as indicated

“The Song Is Ended” (Irving Berlin) – 3:54
“Back Home” – 6:44
“St. Thomas” (Sonny Rollins) – 2:28
“Oh, Lady Be Good” (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 4:40
“No Parking” – 2:53
“Koolbongo” (Mary Lou Williams) – 4:18
“Blue Shutters” – 6:54
“One for the Woofer” – 4:42
“How About You?” (Ralph Freed, Burton Lane) – 4:54
Recorded in New York City on July 20 (tracks 1, 2 & 7-9) and July 24 (tracks 3-6), 1959.

Personnel:
Billy Taylor – piano
Phil Bodner (tracks 1, 2 & 7-9), Herbie Mann (tracks 1-4 & 6-9), Seldon Powell (track 5), Jerome Richardson (tracks 1-6 & 8), Jerry Sanfino (tracks 3-6), Bill Slapin (tracks 3-7 & 9), Frank Wess (tracks 1, 2 & 7-9) – flute
Tommy Williams – bass
Dave Bailey (tracks 1, 2 & 7-9), Albert Heath (tracks 3-6) – drums
Chino Pozo – congas

Released: 1959
Recorded: July 20 & 24, 1959
New York City
Length: 41:27
Label: Riverside
RLP 12-306
Producer Orrin Keepnews

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