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Swingstation

by Sam "The Man" Taylor
     
 

Like fellow saxophone player Hal Singer, Sam "The Man" Taylor" moved easily between jazz and Rhythm and Blues (with early rock and roll overtones), although his rough, hard driving way with the horn usually finds him classified as an R&B icon. This bargain-priced album goes a long way to support the R&B labeling. Joined by another saxSee more details below

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Like fellow saxophone player Hal Singer, Sam "The Man" Taylor" moved easily between jazz and Rhythm and Blues (with early rock and roll overtones), although his rough, hard driving way with the horn usually finds him classified as an R&B icon. This bargain-priced album goes a long way to support the R&B labeling. Joined by another sax player who often found himself moving between jazz and R&B, baritone Haywood Henry, this album catches Taylor in three sessions he made for MGM Records in March of 1955 and November of 1956. In addition to Henry he is joined by other habitues of the R&B world like Lloyd Trotman on bass and Freddie Washington on piano. Among the tracks which show off Taylor's unique ways with the sax are "Ride, Sammy, Ride" where Taylor is urged on by the band shouting the title line, and a blues dripping "Sam's Blues." There's some yakety - yak al la Boots Randolph on "High Winds" which also features a rousing give and take between Taylor and Henry. With the exception of Henry and some occasional choruses by Freddie Washington, this album is pretty much Taylor's show. Little room is made for any of the other participants to solo. While this album is an excellent vehicle to show off the talents of a foremost R&B sax player, it also demonstrates that this sax style with its one-dimensional approach to the art of the sax wears thin very quickly. This is an interesting, but not a major reissue. However, it shows Taylor as he was before he started making romantic albums in the 1960's like The Bad and the Beautiful.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/09/1999
Label:
Universal Mod Afw
UPC:
0731454787727
catalogNumber:
547877
Rank:
173276

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Tracks

  1. Cloudburst  - Sam "The Man" Taylor
  2. The Big Beat  - Sam "The Man" Taylor
  3. Let's Ball  - Sam "The Man" Taylor
  4. Oo-Wee  - Sam "The Man" Taylor
  5. Fish Roll  - Sam "The Man" Taylor
  6. Look Out  - Sam "The Man" Taylor
  7. Sam's Blues  - Sam "The Man" Taylor
  8. High Winds  - Sam "The Man" Taylor
  9. The Boss Is Home  - Sam "The Man" Taylor
  10. Ride, Sammy, Ride  - Sam "The Man" Taylor
  11. Real Gone  - Sam "The Man" Taylor
  12. Do-A-Lu  - Sam "The Man" Taylor
  13. Taylor Made  - Sam "The Man" Taylor
  14. Rood Runner  - Sam "The Man" Taylor

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