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5.0 out of 5 stars First perfomances of a jazz iconoclast
Early offerings from one who I think of as the greatest jazz pianist of them all(of course,there are many styles of jazz pianism,so you may think otherwise-- if you're a stride,or ragtime fan,for example).
Included here are nine albums' worth(well,eight,really,as Newport was shared with Gigi Gryce,and the Gil Evans has only those tracks with Cecil)on five cd's,all...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Amazing value for money for this jazz pianist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First perfomances of a jazz iconoclast, 21 July 2014
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Early offerings from one who I think of as the greatest jazz pianist of them all(of course,there are many styles of jazz pianism,so you may think otherwise-- if you're a stride,or ragtime fan,for example).
Included here are nine albums' worth(well,eight,really,as Newport was shared with Gigi Gryce,and the Gil Evans has only those tracks with Cecil)on five cd's,all enclosed in a clamshell jewel box with a clever design to allow the fifth disc to be included in this neat package.
Packaging aside,however,it's the content that really matters,and it becomes clear from the start just how influential Monk must've been on the young Cecil,as there is more of that man's style than Cecil's own(initially,at any rate),which is beginning to emerge,but not as confidently as would later be the case.
I also wondered if the inclusion of Steve Lacey was perhaps a nod in the direction of Dave Brubeck(sounding a little Paul Desmond-ish to some,maybe,but to me more Art Pepper like),one of the only two people that I can recall Cecil ever acknowledging( the aforementioned Monk being the other)as a musical "like".
Sound is very good,weighted in favour of the piano(in some instances,at least),but all the parts clearly audible:In sum, this record company have given us an excellent,very inexpensive 5 3/4 hours of the nascent years of a true genius.
It has been said that for those who don't fully appreciate Cecil Taylor that he is more admired than liked,but anyone who may hesitate at his later works can only find things to enjoy herein,I would have thought.
And maybe,,just maybe, a purchaser of this might go on to discover the other great works of this,the greatest of all jazz pianists.
Just one further thing,not to do with this set,but a concern of mine: why on earth aren't Cecil's latest,and probably last,performances being recorded?Surely an artist as important as this needs to be fully documented? Why do Triple Point records only produce grossly expensive LP's?If their double of the Taylor/Oxley Vanguard performances were more readily available,surely they'd both make more money,and be doing us all a service?And those companies who allow stocks to exhaust,not to be replenished?There is more to the music business than quick profit,surely?If all you wanted to do was make money,then you'd be churning out Cheryl Cole albums for the masses(she's definitely not "worth it"!)So,on the off chance that any record companies may read this,more Cecil Taylor,more Albert Ayler,more imagination,PLEASE!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every Which Way - A Winner, 24 July 2014
This review is from: The Complete Collection: 1956-1962 (5CD) (Audio CD)
I'm loving this 'Enlightenment' label's boxed sets, crammed as they are with more great Jazz than I thought you could get on five ( count 'em) discs. I got their Beat Generation Jazz Box a few weeks back and just purchased this excellent Cecil Taylor set. The other reviewer here breaks down exactly what is included and the description above also supplies some good details so I won't repeat these' just to say that the sound is superb, the selection perfect and the price - well for 5 cds all boxed together - what's not to like?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic bargain, 28 Aug 2014
This review is from: The Complete Collection: 1956-1962 (5CD) (Audio CD)
Great starting place to explore Cecil Taylor. The first few albums aren't 'out there' but sound a little dissonant, a bit like hearing Monk for the first time. After originally buying "Jazz Advance" i was hooked. Taylor has a unique style and soundworld, you have to acclimatise to the music. Most either get it or don't. Give yourself a chance. Fantastic value set.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Only 4 stars?, 11 Oct 2014
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W. K. Jones (Warrington, UK) - See all my reviews
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This set belongs in any serious jazz collection. Much of the music is essential. So why only 4 stars? This rating doesn't reflect the music: it refers to the product.

This is what you get:
1. Seriously dangerous music.
2. An "in" to the world of Cecil Taylor.
3. Nine albums for the price of a single budget CD.
4. God-awful packaging. Seriously. I hate these chunky plastic abortions. I thought I'd escape this time as it was a five-CD set, but some genius managed to amend the usual design to include an extra compartment for CD 5. I for one would willingly pay more if meant getting decent packaging, similar to recent box sets of albums by Leonard Cohen, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Joni Mitchell, or Woody Shaw.

This is what you don't get:
1. Decent packaging (see above).
2. Recording dates and venues.
3. Personnel. Coltrane plays on one of the albums. Fortunately, today we have the internet so it's not difficult to find this info, but talk about spoiling the ship for a ha'p'orth of tar.

To sum up: Until something better comes along, buy this.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 16 Aug 2014
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Amazing value for money for this jazz pianist.
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