Music Keeps Us Young
Label: Arkadia Records
Wouldn’t It Be Loverly; Lover Come Back; I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free; Body and Soul; One for The Woofer; Ballade; Naima; Up Jumped Spring; Caravan; Interlude; Arkadia Blues.
“UNBELIEVABLE! This album is absolutely fascinating. Billy Taylor’s sound is so refreshing, elegant, stimulating and truly AMAZING. Once this CD is on you will not be able to turn it off until the end. I was in a complete trance the first time I put it on and after continuous listening I am in even more awe at Billy’s incredible piano performance. This cat SWINGS! So, pick up this splendid title, sit back and relax to a dazzling performance. MAJESTIC!” – Paul Parietti, Fascinating Voyage This Arkadia Records album, “Billy Taylor: The Music Keeps Us Young”, showcases music legend and Grammy Award winner Dr. Billy Taylor, a pianist who has stood at the forefront of the Jazz world for more than half a century. At the peak of his powers and performing with his trio that includes Chip Jackson on bass and drummer Steve Johns, Taylor brings matchless grace and authority to his robust and inventive originals, as well as his interpretations of standards composed by John Coltrane, Freddie Hubbard, and Johnny Green, among others. “Taylor weaves wonderful magic on the keyboard. It is jazz the way jazz ought to be.” – Don Adderton, Sun Herald His career is recognized with the utmost adoration and... respect. Dr. Billy Taylor is one of only three Jazz musicians appointed to the National Council of the Arts and worked as the Artistic Director for Jazz at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts, and is also known for the artist profiles he hosted as the Arts correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning. Founder of the famed Jazzmobile, Billy Taylor showcases both his musicality and intellectual curiosity on this impressive album, entitled “Billy Taylor: The Music Keeps Us Young”. Billy Taylor is living proof that music does keep you young. “The venerable pianist, composer, educator and TV star is still at the peak of his powers at age 75. The “Music Keeps Us Young” title is no joke – Taylor looks to be about 50, sounds as vital as any World Series athlete and swings harder and surer than most of those sluggers. This is as good an introduction to his immense and timeless art as you’ll find. Superb liner notes by the venerable Ira Gitler puts this package over the top.” – Tom Sorowicz, Pulse of the twin cities
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