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THE TREE OF LIFE

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This solo performance finds pianist Cecil Taylor at the absolute height of his powers (“one of Taylor’s most rewarding recordings”–The Wire), moving seamlessly between delicate lyricism and swells of sheer intensity. Split into five tracks, The Tree of Life makes a good introduction while also extending the musical language of previous landmark solo albums like Silent Tongues. Otherwise out of print!

LEGBA CROSSING

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From FMP’s massive, and otherwise out of print, 11-CD box set Cecil Taylor “In Berlin ’88” — widely acclaimed as one of the greatest achievements in jazz. Cecil Taylor has written extensively for big bands, but there are precious few recordings of this important aspect of his music. Legba Crossing is one of the key big band records in his catalog — a lyrical and nuanced, uplifting and ritualistic performance that blends jazz and classical textures in ways that evoke Ellington while still remaining singularly Cecil.

2012: FIVE + FIVE OVERLOOKED GEMS

LAKE OF FEAR THE MOONBEAM SONG Nathan Hanson & Brian Roessler Selenograhia Community Pool : 2012 Now that the dust has settled on the New Year and the noise has quieted around the many Best Albums of the Year polls,… Continue reading

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¡El Jefe!

S [side 2] Cecil Taylor Unit Nicaragua: No Pasaran Nica : 1984 CT, piano; Jimmy Lyons, alto sax; William Parker, bass; Rashid Bakr, drums; André Martinez, percussion; Brenda Bakr, vocals. Chilly Jay Chill: This is one of Cecil’s rarest records,… Continue reading

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FMP Archive Edition: Cecil Taylor’s “Almeda (To Matie)”

Almeda (To Matie) by CECIL TAYLOR In the past, we’ve been proud to make available FMP titles that have languished out-of-print for many decades. But now FMP is going a step further – digging into their vaults to release exceptional… Continue reading

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DIMENSIONS AND EXTENSIONS: Sam Rivers, 1923-2011

We were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of the great Sam Rivers. That last name is as right as rain — his talents were so varied, multifarious, they were like streams that fed into the greater ocean of jazz. Best… Continue reading

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RAINBOW GLADIATOR:
Billy Bang, 1947-2011

The world lost a deep soul and musical master last month, with the passing of violinist and composer Billy Bang. Even though we could see this day coming, following the announcement at last year’s Vision Festival that Bang was suffering… Continue reading

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