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The Billy Taylor Collection (Artists Piano Transcriptions) [Paperback]

June Spot Publications
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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Non Basic Stock Line (Jun 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793566460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793566464
  • Product Dimensions: 30 x 23 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,061,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I wanted.... 24 April 2014
By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this as I have long been after a transcription of " I wish I knew...". Sadly the transcription here is not the famous version* used on the BBC film program for decades. Theres nothing wrong with the version here, but its different, and I can't find a recording on CD it.

However the rest of the book is good. A number of other interesting Billy Taylor originals as well as some standards. Its worth noting that he uses tenths quite a lot, so if you struggle beyond an octave with your left-hand you'll have to compromise somewhere.

The Book contains:
A Bientot
All the Things You are
For Undine
Gone with the wind
I Didn't Know What Time It was
I Wish I Knew How...
Make A Joyful Noise (suite of pieces)
A Tune for Howard to Improvise On
Uncle Bob

Most of these pieces are the versions from his solo Piano album "Billy Taylor: Solo", so you can hear what they should sound like.

In classical terms the pieces range in standard from grade 5 upwards, with the average probably being grade 7. Of course this is a book of jazz transcriptions so reading the notes won't make it sound right unless you have a feel for the music.

*Subsequently I found you can get the famous version of "I Wish I Knew...." from a number of digital sheet music sites, and I now have a copy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I wish I knew how it felt...... 31 Oct 2010
Format:Paperback
This collection is a bit of a rag-bag, opening with a long transcription of a distinctly idiosyncratic (long left hand only solo, anyone ?) version of All the Things You are, and including a number of pieces that are perhaps not central to Billy Taylor's reputation or achievement. The great exception is a fine version of (probably) his best-known piece (see title) and several of the movements of his Make a Joyful Noise suite are also interesting. It's a pity his recordings of most of the stuff included here are not more readily available.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music from one of America's Great Jazz Ambassadors 12 Oct 2012
By running and cooking - Published on Amazon.com
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Billy Taylor was a great musician and writer, but in many ways his contributions musically to Jazz were dwarfed by the ways he promoted music through teaching. As an intermediate pianist this collection of pieces is challenging musically. The challenge is clearly worth the time and effort. I am fortunate enough to have many of these pieces on CD and find it useful to refer to them as I play. If you love piano jazz and specifically Billy Taylor, this is well worth the money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Jazz Pianist 26 Jan 2012
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I love jazz and Billy Taylor is my favorite pianist. He not only went to the same college as I did but the had the same theory professor, Dr. Undine Moore! Great collection.
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