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5.0 out of 5 stars Cecil Taylor - Unit Structures, 1 Mar. 2012
This review is from: Unit Structures: BLUE NOTE (Audio CD)
This dates from 1966 and is a bit of a change in direction for Cecil. Previously most of his records featured long aggressive piano solos, both dissonant and exhausting. This, the first of his Blue Notes, has a lot more group interplay and Cecil although always dominant is also a strong contributor to the group.
In addition to Cecil the band consists of Eddie Gale Stevens Jr. on trumpet, Jimmy Lyons on alto, Ken McIntyre on alto and various other reeds, Henry Grimes and Alan Silva on bass, and Andrew Cyrille on drums. All play well. Stevens is not a trumpetter I know and is not much featured in solo, although he has an aggressive outing on 'Tales'. Lyons plays a thick toned alto, with complex multi-toned lines. McIntyre is slightly thin toned, Dolphyesque and featured much on oboe and bass clarinet in addition to alto. Throughout he is probably the best soloist, apart from the Boss. The rhythm section contribute well to the group structure, either kicking things along with some force, or more passively, as on the two versions of 'Enter, Evening'.
Taylor plays superbly. There is much of the driving dissonance one associates with him, but also fragile, brittle lines weaving their way through sometimes almost motionless ensembles.
Cecil is not an easy musician but neither is he as difficult as is often thought. Rather like Ornette Coleman, and he is of that stature, it may be the best way to listen is just to go with the flow, without trying to analyse it too much.
Cecil Taylor is one of the most significant musicians in jazz, and this is one of his best discs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired avant-garde, 14 April 2013
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High level progressive music, with excellent and inspired playing. It sounds fresh and alive, after many decades. A landmark !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this if you're interested in exploration., 31 July 2000
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I can't truthfully review this except to say that I bought it wanting to experiment, having seen Cecil Taylor in a televised concert. I can't make sense of why I like it so much but I've listened to this and many other Cecil Taylor albums and always feel rewarded. It makes demands.
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