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Arthur S. Taylor, Jr. (6 april 19296 february 1995) was an Americanmarker jazz drummer of the hard bop school.


After playing in the bands of Howard McGhee, Coleman Hawkins, Buddy DeFranco, Bud Powell, and George Wallington from 1948 to 1957, he formed his own group, the Wailers. Between 1957 and 1963 he toured with Donald Byrd, recorded with Miles Davis and John Coltrane, and performed with Thelonious Monk; he also was a member of the original Kenny Dorham Quartet of 1957. In 1963 he moved to Europe, where he lived mainly in Francemarker and Belgiummarker for 20 years, playing with local groups and with touring American musicians. He continued freelancing after returning to the United States, and in 1993 organized a second band called the Wailers.

He is the author of Notes and Tones, a book based on his interviews with other musicians.


As leader

  • Taylor's Wailers, 1956, Prestige
  • Taylor's Tenors, 1959, Prestige
  • A.T.'s Delight, 1960, Blue Note
  • Mr. A.T., 1991, Enja
  • Wailin' At The Vanguard, 1992, Verve

As sideman

With Dorothy Ashby
  • In a Minor Groove (1958)
With Donald Byrd With Sonny Clark With John Coltrane With Miles Davis With Mal Waldron With Louis Smith
  • Here Comes Louis Smith (1957)
With Red Garland
  • A Garland Of Red (1956)
  • The P.C. Blues (1956)
  • All Morning Long (1957)
  • Groovy (1957)
  • High Pressure (1957)
  • Soul Junction (1957)

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