Cecil Taylor {Avant-Garde Jazz, Free Jazz}

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Cecil Taylor {Avant-Garde Jazz, Free Jazz}

Post by Musicgate on Wed Oct 20, 2010 2:25 am

Recording Date: Oct 10, 1961,Jul 8, 1966
Release Date: Oct 6, 1998, GRP
Label: Russia
Genre: Avant-Garde Jazz, Free Jazz

About albume:

Scott Yanow
A couple of unrelated avant-garde dates are combined on this single CD from 1998. There are three selections from Cecil Taylor's 1961 Quintet (featuring pianist Taylor, bassist Henry Grimes, drummer Sunny Murray, altoist Jimmy Lyons and tenor saxophonist Archie Shepp) with trumpeter Ted Curson and trombonist Roswell Rudd added on the third cut, "Mixed." "Bulbs," which includes some hints of R&B, is particularly intriguing. This date as a whole was one of Cecil Taylor's last ones on which he still had a connection (if loose) to more traditional straight-ahead jazz. Normally, the Taylor set is combined with a few unrelated selections headed by trumpeter Johnny Carisi (and issued under Gil Evans' name even though the arranger had nothing to do with either session). In this case, the Taylor date is matched with trombonist Roswell Rudd's Everywhere, a 1966 Impulse album that also features altoist Robin Kenyatta (who comes across as the date's strongest soloist), Giuseppi Logan on flute and bass clarinet, both Charlie Haden and Lewis Worrell on basses and drummer Beaver Harris. Of their four selections there are tributes to Eric Dolphy (Logan's contribution to the set) and Herbie Nichols, an odd revival of Bill Harris' "Everywhere" and the best performance, a spirited "Yankee No-How." Although not Roswell Rudd's greatest album, there are enough fascinating ensembles on this set for it to nearly hold its own with Cecil Taylor's more essential session.

Original sessions produced by Gil Evans & Creed Taylor (#1-3) and Bob Thiele & Roswell Rudd (#4-7)
Reissue produced by Michael Cuscuna
Selections #1-3 recorded on October 10, 1961 in New York City. Selections #4-7 recorded on July 8, 1966 at Capitol Studios, New York City.

Tracks info:
1. Bulbs 6:49 (Cecil Taylor)
2. Pots 5:44 (Cecil Taylor)
3. Mixed 10:08 (Cecil Taylor)
4. Everywhere 11:32 (Bill Harris)
5. Yankee No-How 12:03 (Roswell Rudd)
6. Respects 11:39 (Roswell Rudd)
7. Satan's Dance 12:01 (Giuseppi Logan)

Personel info:
Personnel on #1-3: - 1961
Cecil Taylor, piano
Jimmy Lyons, alto saxophone
Archie Shepp, tenor saxophone
Ted Curson, trumpet (#3 only)
Roswell Rudd, trombone (#3 only)
Henry Grimes, bass
Sunny Murray, drums
Personnel on #4-7: - 1966
Roswell Rudd, trombone
Robin Kenyatta, alto saxophone
Giuseppi Logan, flute, bass clarinet
Charlie Haden, Lewis Worrell, basses
Beaver Harris, drums


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