Warming Up

COMPOSERS: Billy Taylor
LABELS: Milestone
PERFORMER: Billy Taylor Trio
CATALOGUE NO: MCD-47103-2

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In his roles as educator, media personality and all-round spokesman for jazz, Billy Taylor needs no introduction. He’s also a hugely underrated jazz pianists, and a composer to match.

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Two trio dates of all originals from 1960-61 are reissued for the first time on Warming Up. Notice the clean elegance and melodic invention of his rapid right-hand lines, with left-hand commentary sneaking up from all directions in the manner of today’s pop-up videos.