The Billy Taylor Trio, live at Storyville.
In 1951 legendary bass player Charles Mingus sat in with the Billy Taylor trio for a live broadcast. Here
is thirty minutes of the broadcast.
The first number is the classic "What is this Thing Called Love," which was written by Cole Porter in 1929 for his musical Wake up and Dream
is his take. It soon
became part of the standard
jazz repertoire, although it's often taken a bit faster
than the original.
Next (@5:39) comes a bouncy version of Duke Ellington's "I'm Beginning to See the Light," written with the help of Don George, Johnny Hodges, and Harry James. One
great recording features Duke, his orchestra, and Ella Fitzgerald performing. Want more? How about Phineas Newborn Jr.'s take at a blazing bop tempo
The two well known pieces are followed (@11:11) by the sometimes overlooked gem, Laura. Orginally
in 1945 for a movie a the same name, this haunting ballad was composed by David Raskin with lyrics by Johnny Mercer. For those interested in the lyrics, here
's a live performance by Johnny Mathis.
A pedal based introduction turns into "Lady Bird" (@15:30), leading us back into the territory of better known standards. Version of Ladybird are innumerable, and include such greats as Dexter Gordon
and the Jazz Messengers
For the penultimate song (@21:16) there's a playful take on "Tea For Two". Like so many tunes in the Great American Song Book, this one comes from a musical, No No Nanette
, with music by Vincent Youmans and lyrics by Irving Caesar. Unlike many of those same tunes, it was then used (on a bet) as thematic material for a piece by Russian composer Shostakovich
It was also the most performed
piece on Lawrence Welk's
Things wrap up with "Three Little Words" (@28:48) composed by Harry Ruby with lyrics by Bert Kalmar. Milt Jackson and John Coltrane had a go
at the same tune. As did Lester Young
, Art Tatum
, Django Reinhardt
, and of course Ella Fitzgerald
For complete discographies of Billy Taylor
, Charles Mingus
, visit their official websites.