Art Taylor

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Art Taylor ( Arthur S. Taylor, Jr. , born April 6, 1929 in New York City , † February 6, 1995 ) was an American jazz drummer.

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Taylor played in Harlem with Sonny Rollins and Jackie McLean and made his first major appearances in 1948 with Howard McGhee . This was followed by collaboration with Coleman Hawkins (1950–51), Buddy DeFranco (1952), Bud Powell (1953 and 1955–57: Bud! The Amazing Bud Powell (Vol. 3) ), Art Farmer (1954–55) and George Wallington (1954-56). He also led his own band, Taylor's Wailers , and worked with Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis . In 1958 he went on a European tour with Donald Byrd and Bobby Jaspar .

In 1963 Taylor went to Europe, where he spent the next twenty years, mostly in France and from 1970 in Belgium, and worked with musicians such as Dexter Gordon and Johnny Griffin . His book Notes and Tones emerged from interviews and discussions with fellow musicians . In the early 1990s he returned to the United States, where he reorganized his band Wailers .

Taylor participated in over three hundred recordings; his own albums have appeared on Verve , Blue Note and Prestige , among others .



  • Notes and Tones: Musician -To Musician Interviews , Lüttich, Taylor, 1977, New York, Perigee 1982.

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