Good Old Billy Taylor

Early in his career, pianist Billy Taylor made a difference in jazz by developing an individual approach to the use of chords. His concept fit well with that of the beboppers who in the second half of the 1940s were a new and powerful force in the music. Some swing musicians with open ears and open minds--notably Ben Webster--were also intrigued by Taylor's full-bodied harmonic notions. Taylor arrived in New York in 1942, fresh out of college, a devotee of Art Tatum. In 1944, he went to work … [Read more...]

Compatible Quotes: The Piano

I think one of the best things you can do, no matter what you play, is to take up piano. Music is based on chord changes and harmonies, and you can get 'em more out of an instrument like piano, where you can hear all the notes at once. --Zoot Sims To me, the piano in itself is an orchestra. --Cecil Taylor I believe in using the entire piano as a single instrument capable of expressing every possible musical idea. --Oscar Peterson  When you look at the keyboard, all the notes are there … [Read more...]