Billy Taylor – It’s a Matter of Pride {GRP}

Billy Taylor – It’s a Matter of Pride {GRP}

Bop, Swing, Piano

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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

This is a particularly well-constructed session by pianist Billy Taylor who is featured in a combo with bassist Christian McBride, drummer Marvin “Smitty” Smith, the congas of Ray Mantilla and, on three songs, tenor-saxophonist Stanley Turrentine; Grady Tate also contributes two warm ballad vocals. All nine songs were composed by Taylor (including three pieces taken from a more extended work in tribute to Martin Luther King) and the results are melodic, boppish and swinging.

01. At La Carousel (5:56)
02. Picture This (4:51)
03. It’s a Matter of Pride (5:13)
04. His Name was Martin (6:07)
05. Titoro (5:04)
06. Back Home (8:45)
07. Lookin’ Up (6:06)
08. Paraphrase (7:30)
09. I’m a Lover (4:48)
10. If You Really are Concerned (5:54)
11. Mood for Mendes (3:56)

Billy Taylor – piano
Christian McBride – bass
Marvin “Smitty” Smith – drums
Stanley Turrentine – tenor saxophone on #1, #4, #6
Grady Tate – vocals on #3, #10,
Ray Mantilla – congas on #2, #5, #8, #9

Produced by Michael Abene and Billy Taylor
Associate Producer: Gretchen Hoffmann Abene
Executive Producers: Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen

Recorded by Paul Wickliffe at Sound on Sound Studios, NYC
Assisted by Peter Beckerman

Mixed by Paul Wickliffe at Skyline Studios, NYC
Assisted by Hiro Ishihara and Matt Curry

Digital editing by Michael Landy
Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, NYC

Post-production by Michael Landy and Joseph Doughney at The Review Room / NYC

GRP Production Coordinator: Michael Pollard, assisted by Diane Dragonette
Photography: Carol Weinberg
Grooming: Sylvia Sanguedolce
Art Direction: Hollis King, Dan Serrano
Graphic Design: Alba Acevedo
GRP Production Director: Sonny Mediana, assisted by Sharon Franklin
GRP Creative Director: Andy Baltimore

1994, GRP Records, Inc.

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