Charlie Shavers, Thad Jones (tp), Frank Rehak, Jimmy Cleveland (tb), Sam Taylor, Georgie Auld (ts), Budd Johnson (ts, bs), Haywood Henry (bs), Hank Jones (p), Barry Galbraith, Billy Bauer (g), Milt Hinton (b), Panama Francis (d)
Reference: FSRCD 533
Sam The Man Taylor is a saxophonist as adept at swinging jazz as he is at the blues and R&B for which he is most famous. With his unending drive and energy, he stood out in the bands he was in, including those of Cootie Williams, Cab Calloway and others. During the 50s he spent much of his time playing R&B sessions, but he also performed and recorded often with his own combo and, ten years later, he achieved wide recognition in Japan thanks to his ballads.
This CD, however, resents an exultant Taylor, deeply rooted in the most genuine jazz, during a swinging 1958 session with great jazzmen like Charlie Shavers, Georgie Auld, Budd Johnson and Hank Jones. As a bonus, there is an example of his more rocking side, fronting a group that exudes Taylors typically soulful essence.
01. Bucks County Bounce
02. Long Island Railroad Blues
03. Westchester Waltz
04. Rockland County Round Trip
05. Westport Wail
06. Lester Leaps In
07. Body And Soul
08. Air Mail Special
09. All Too Soon
10. Flyin Home
11. Taylor Made (*) Bonus Track
12. Sams Blues (*) Bonus Track
13. Ride, Sammy, Ride (*) Bonus Track
14. Do-A-Lu (*) Bonus Track
15. Road Runner (*) Bonus Track
16. Lock Out (*) Bonus Track
17. The Big Beat (*) Bonus Track18. Cloudburst (*) Bonus Track
Collective personnel includes:
Charlie Shavers, Thad Jones (tp), Frank Rehak, Jimmy Cleveland, Elmer Crumbley (tb), Sam “The Man” Taylor, Georgie Auld (ts), Budd Johnson (ts, bs), Ben Smith, Haywood Henry (bs), Hank Jones, Lee Anderson, Freddie Washington (p), Barry Galbraith, Billy Bauer, Leroy Kirkland (g), Milt Hinton, Barney Richmond, Lloyd Trotman (b), Osie Johnson, Herb Lovelle, Panama Francis, Claude Cloud (d).
All sessions recorded in New York.
Album tracks were recorded on October 15 & 22, 1958
The Bonus tracks came from different sessions cut between March, 1955 and June, 1956
"A certified honking sax legend, Sam "The Man" Taylor's non-stop drive and power worked perfectly in swing, blues, and R&B sessions. He had a huge tone, perfect timing, and sense of drama, as well as relentless energy and spirit. Taylor began working with Scat Man Crothers and the Sunset Royal Orchestra in the late '30s. He played with Cootie Williams and Lucky Millinder in the early '40s, then worked six years with Cab Calloway. Taylor toured South America and the Caribbean during his tenure with Calloway. Then, Taylor became the saxophonist of choice for many R&B dates through the '50s, recording with Ray Charles, Buddy Johnson, Louis Jordan, and Big Joe Turner, among others. He also did sessions with Ella Fitzgerald and Sy Oliver. During the '60s, Taylor led his own bands and recorded in a quintet called the Blues Chasers. He currently has one session available on CD, recorded in the late '50s with Charlie Shavers and Urbie Green."
Ron Wynn -All Music Guide