Mastered by Kevin Gray & Cut from the Original Mono 100% Analog Master Tapes!
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Part of the ultimate audiophile Prestige mono reissues from Analogue Productions 25 of the most collectible, rarest, most audiophile-sounding Rudy Van Gelder recordings ever made. All mastered from the original analog master tapes by mastering maestro Kevin Gray. 200-gram LPs pressed at state-of -the-art plant Quality Record Pressings and plated by Gary Salstrom. Deep groove label pressings, tip-on jackets on thick cardboard stock.
After playing in the bands of Howard McGhee, Coleman Hawkins, Buddy DeFranco, Bud Powell, and George Wallington from 1948 to 1957, jazz drummer Art Taylor formed his own group, the Wailers.
In 1956 drummer Art Taylor formed a group called Taylors Wailers. Donald Byrd and Charlie Rouse were members of the working group that debuted at The Pad, a Greenwich Village nightclub on Sheridan Square booked by Bob Reisner, the man who had run the legendary Open Door Sessions. In 1957 Taylor recorded the Wailers for Prestige, adding the alto saxophone of Jackie McLean to the front line. Two of the highlights are the Thelonious Monk compositions, Well, You Neednt and Off Minor, with arrangements by Thelonious himself. One track, C.T.A., by Jimmy Heath, is from another session featuring John Coltrane backed by Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Taylor, a potent Prestige studio combination in those days. There have been many distinguished drummer-leaders in jazz. One expects their groups to be rhythmically exciting. Taylors Wailers are no exception to this swinging heritage.
"Five of the six selections on this (album) reissue feature drummer Art Taylor in an all-star sextet of mostly young players comprised of trumpeter Donald Byrd, altoist Jackie McLean, Charlie Rouse on tenor, pianist Ray Bryant, and bassist Wendell Marshall. Among the high points of the 1957 hard bop date are the original version of Bryant's popular "Cubano Chant" and strong renditions of two Thelonious Monk tunes ("Off Minor" and "Well, You Needn't") cut just prior to the pianist/composer's discovery by the jazz public. Bryant is the most mature of the soloists, but the three horn players were already starting to develop their own highly individual sounds. The remaining track (a version of Jimmy Heath's "C.T.A.") is played by the quartet of Taylor, tenor saxophonist John Coltrane, pianist Red Garland, and bassist Paul Chambers and is a leftover (although a good one) from another session." - Scott Yanow, Allmusic.com
200g Vinyl LP
Numbered, Limited Edition, Less Than 1000 Records per stamper, released in limited quantities
Only the 1st 1,000 Copies are Numbered!
The Original 100% Analog Master Tapes were used working with only the Best Mastering Studios!
Mastered by Kevin Gray & Plated by Gary Salstrom
Plated and Pressed at Quality Record Pressings on Virgin Vinyl
Meticulous Test Pressing Evaluation and Quality Control
Deluxe Packaging using the highest quality jackets and rice paper inner sleeves
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Art Taylor, drums
Donald Byrd, trumpet
Jackie McLean, alto saxophone
Charlie Rouse, tenor saxophone
Ray Bryant, piano
Wendell Marshall, bass
John Coltrane, tenor saxophone (2)
Red Garland, piano (2)
Paul Chambers, bass (2)
3. Exhibit A
4. Cubano Chant
5. Off Minor
6. Well, You Needn't
Recorded February 25 and March 22, 1957 at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey.