Jazz drummer Art Taylor, whose crisp, hard-driving work is heard on classic recordings by John Coltrane, Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk, died Feb. 6. He was 65. Cause of death was not known.
Besides performing and pioneering modern jazz drumming, Taylor was the author of a classic book of jazz interviews, “Notes and Tones.”
A native New Yorker, Taylor lived for 18 years in Paris before returning to the U.S. in the 1980s and resuming his performing and recording career.
At the time of his death, he had just completed a new album with jazz organist Jimmy Smith, his friend and jazz historian Phil Schaap said.
Taylor was the drummer on classic recordings by Powell for Blue Note and Verve and appeared with Monk at the famous Town Hall concert of 1959 in which a big band played Monk for the first time in arrangements by Hall Overton.
He was also the drummer on Coltrane’s famous “Giant Steps” and “Soul Trane” albums and made several highly praised recordings as a leader including the classic “A.T.’s Delight” on the Blue Note label.
Taylor also played with Jackie McLean, Mai Waldron and Sonny Rollins.