Billy Taylor

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Evergreens Review

by Scott Yanow

Billy Taylor has recorded so many albums since the early '50s that it is difficult to call any particular one definitive or essential. This long out of print effort is a pleasing affair, matching Taylor with bassist Earl May and drummer Percy Brice. As usual, Taylor's technique is flawless, his interpretations swinging, and his performances full of enthusiasm and joy. He sticks to veteran standards, alternating ballads with medium-tempo romps. Highlights include "Cheek to Cheek," "All the Things You Are," "You Don't Know What Love Is," and "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea." This worthwhile effort, however, will be a difficult LP to locate.

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