Gene Taylor (bassist)
|Birth name||Calvin Eugene Taylor|
March 19, 1929|
|Origin||Detroit, Michigan, USA|
|Died||December 22, 2001
Sarasota, Florida, USA
|Associated acts||Horace Silver, Nina Simone, Judy Collins|
Calvin Eugene "Gene" Taylor (March 19, 1929 – December 22, 2001), was an American jazz double bassist. He was born in Toledo, Ohio, and began his career in Detroit, Michigan. Taylor worked with Horace Silver from 1958 until 1963. He then joined Blue Mitchell's quintet, with whom he recorded and performed until 1965. From 1966 until 1968, he toured and recorded with Nina Simone. Simone recorded the song "Why? (The King of Love is Dead)", which Taylor wrote following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Taylor began teaching music in New York public schools. Taylor worked with Judy Collins from 1968 until 1976, and made numerous television appearances accompanying Simone and Collins. He died on December 22, 2001, in Sarasota, Florida, where he had been living since 1990.
- Junior Cook: Junior's Cookin' (Jazzland, 1961)
- Barry Harris: Barry Harris Plays Tadd Dameron (Xanadu Records, 1975)
- Coleman Hawkins: Supreme (Enja Records, 1966)
- Junior Mance: Harlem Lullaby (Atlantic, 1967)
- Eddie Jefferson: Coming Along With Me (OJC, 1969)
- Eric Kloss: Doors (Cobblestone, 1972)
- Blue Mitchell: The Cup Bearers (OJC, 1963), Down with It! (OJC, 1965), Boss Horn (Blue Note 1967)
- Duke Pearson: Profile (Blue Note, 1963), The Right Touch (Blue Note 1967), Tender Feelin's (Blue Note 1967)
- Horace Silver: Finger Poppin' (Blue Note, 1959), Blowin' the Blues Away (Blue Note, 1959), Horace-Scope (Blue Note, 1960), The Tokyo Blues (Blue Note, 1962), Song for My Father (Blue Note, 1964)
- "Jazz Performers - T's & U's". Jazz, Ragtime & Blues in the Knight Library. Retrieved 2010-11-04.
- "Requiem". Allegro. New York: American Federation of Musicians, local 802. CII (3). Archived from the original on 2011-01-29. Retrieved 2010-11-04.
- Obituary specifies 1962, but Taylor recorded tracks in 1963 for Song for My Father
- Cuscuna, Michael (2008). Live at Newport '58 (CD booklet). Horace Silver. New York: Blue Note Records. 0946 3 98070 2 4.
- Taylor, Calvin Eugene (January 20, 1986). Johnson, John H., ed. "Why? (The King of Love is Dead)". JET. Chicago: Johnson. 69 (18): 55. ISSN 0021-5996. Retrieved 2010-11-04.
- Simone, Nina; Stephen Cleary (2003) . I Put a Spell on You. Introduction by Dave Marsh (2nd ed.). New York: Da Capo Press. pp. 114–115. ISBN 0-306-80525-1.