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Cecil Taylor Unit

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Idut
14:44
 
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Serdab
14:16
 
03
Holiday En Masque
29:39
 
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Total Tracks: 3   Total Length: 58:39

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Rousing, energizing music

thirdpol

I've played this three times since downloading it and will play it many more. I wish I had the musical knowledge to explain what's going on, but this astonishing sextet played what sounds like a combination of the most exciting modernist chamber music and the wildest jazz. Passages remind me of Mingus or Coleman; there are phases of atonal freedom, and then there are lyrical sections and statements of what in other hands would be a straightforward theme. In other words I haven't a clue how it is constructed, but it makes me glad to be alive. So does the same group's Live in the Black Forest, which I bought years ago on vinyl. Any chance of it appearing on Emusic?

They Say All Music Guide

A sextet, this is as close to as definitive an ensemble as Taylor has launched. With Jimmy Lyons (sax), Raphe Malik (trumpet), Ramsey Ameen (violin), Sirone (bass), and R. Shannon Jackson (drums). This runs 60 minutes on vinyl, including a 30-minute “Holiday en Masque.” – Michael G. Nastos