I was surprised to see this cd in a used record shop this weekend. This album is a classic, and I would assume most jazz afficionados would call this album an important part of Blue Note's library. However, this album is at the same time, obscure. It hasn't been done by Rudy Van Gelder, and I'm imagining the copy I picked up from the used record shop is very old, and that I wouldn't find it at a place like Tower, Borders, etc..
Art Taylor is a great drummer. He was one of the drummers to come out of the Philly Joe Jones style of drumming, and was sometimes accused of copying Jones's style. Wherever he was getting his ideas from, he could play them well.
Art Talor did not lead many sessions, but was a sideman on countless numbers of Prestige recordings in the 50's. This album opens up with, probaly my favorite song, and most definately, my favorite Trane original. Art was on the original recording of Giant Steps on which this tune appeared a couple months before the release of this album. Syeeda's Song Flute is fabulous. Art and the guys take this tune up tempo, a little different than this tune is usually taken, but they do it well.
The next track, is a great Monk original. Epistrophy is one of his classics. This song recieves special treatment here, with Potato Valdez on conga.
Denzel Best's Move is the third track. Art sets the mood with cross stick patterns, then Dave Burns plays the melody, before Stanely Turrentine, Wynton Kelly, and Paul Chambers come in to finish it out.
A couple Kenny Dorham originals are left on the album. I'm glad I picked this recording up. It is a great addition to my Blue Note collection.