Picks and Pans Review: Mr. A.t.
Taylor’s snap-crackle-kapow style as a drummer and the joyous exuberance of his quintet, Taylor’s Wailers, make this album an absolute delight. A bebop pioneer, Taylor, 63, played on nearly 300 albums from the ’50s to the late ’80s, with many standouts, including John Coltrane’s 1959 Giant Steps. In recent years Taylor’s Wailers has become a proving ground for young bloods, including alto saxophonist Abraham Burton, whose self-assured solos during this session reveal his potential for greatness. The hard bop tunes on Mr. A.T. are full of rhythmic change-ups that Taylor and his young charges execute with heart-stopping precision and bravado. (Enja)