Category Archives: Cecil Taylor

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blue-J

SPRING OF TWO BLUE-J’S Cecil Taylor Spring of Two Blue-J’s Unit Core : 1974 CT, piano. I. A hand and a piano Are one A hand and a piano and a Blue-J Are one. II. Recorded at a Town Hall… Continue reading

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Autoscopy: A solo piano mixtape compiled by Vijay Iyer

We’re incredibly pleased to offer this guest post by pianist and composer Vijay Iyer. He’s compiled an annotated mixtape of personally significant solo piano recordings. It showcases the stunning beauty, range, and continuity of piano jazz. For those who aren’t… Continue reading

Category Andrew Hill, Cecil Taylor, Geri Allen, guest posts, Randy Weston, Sun Ra, Vijay Iyer

Alone in Tokyo at 2:30 am

LONO ASAPK IN AME Cecil Taylor Solo Venus : 1974 CT, piano. It’s too late for a recording session, but fuck it. Wake the engineer. Tell the studio to make the necessary arrangements. He reminds Koinuma he’s not bringing the… Continue reading

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Gardening (By Strategy)

STEPPING ON STARS INTRODUCTION TO Z Cecil Taylor Garden Hat Hut : 1983 CT, piano. There is a power and weight to Cecil’s playing, a heavy energy that pervades the room while he plays. No one, not even the most… Continue reading

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Zeus at the Piano

LIVING — DEDICATED TO JULIAN BECK MIRROR AND WATER GAZING FOR THE RABBIT Cecil Taylor For Olim Soul Note : 1986 CT, piano. For many people, Cecil Taylor’s solo recordings are the best introduction to the man. There’s so much… Continue reading

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Cecil Plays the Jimmy Carter Blues, or: Getting Sexed Up to Unit Structures

TAHT Cecil Taylor Winged Serpent (Sliding Quadrants) Soul Note : 1985 CT, piano; Jimmy Lyons, alto sax; Frank Wright, tenor sax; John Tchicai, tenor sax; Tomasz Stanko, trumpet; Enrico Rava, trumpet; Karen Borca, bassoon; Gunter Hampel, bass clarinet, bari sax;… Continue reading

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