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New York City R&B

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Artist: Cecil Taylor & Buell Neidlinger
Cell Walk For Celeste
Artist: Cecil Taylor & Buell Neidlinger
Cindy's Main Mood
Artist: Cecil Taylor & Buell Neidlinger
Thing's Ain't What They Used To Be
Artist: Cecil Taylor & Buell Neidlinger
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Total Tracks: 4   Total Length: 36:23

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John Morthland


John Morthland has been writing about music since the days of electronically rechanneled stereo and duophonic sound. His name has darkened the mastheads of Roll...more »

Cecil Taylor, New York City R&B
Label: Candid Productions / The Orchard

You know how thoroughly the early Ornette Coleman freaked out 99 percent of the jazz world? In retrospect, Cecil Taylor's work from that period era sounds more threatening. Though still grounded in conventional forms, these 1961 sides — originally released under bassist Neidlinger's name — certainly point towards the multi-layered maelstroms and explosive pianistics to come (but how could everyone miss the humor evident in "O.P."?). Two pieces are with quartets, including an outgunned… read more »

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Another top record


What has been said about Cecil Taylor´s record "Air" is valid also about this one from the following year (1961). The same musicians + Steve Lacy and on a few tracks Bill Higgins instead of Dennis Charles. The interplay is even more free between everyone. Not so much of pulsating rhythm any more by Bull Neidlinger nor the drummers. But don´t forget "Jumpin´Punkins" from the same opportunity!

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one of ten 4 the island


this is one of my 'all Time' Favourites.

They Say All Music Guide

The contents of this rather brief CD, originally released under bassist Buell Neidlinger’s name, have since been reissued in the Cecil Taylor/Buell Neidlinger Mosaic box set. Two selections feature a trio with pianist Taylor, bassist Neidlinger and drummer Billy Higgins and one performance adds the young tenor Archie Shepp (and has Dennis Charles in Higgins’s place). This music is quite advanced for the period although more accessible to the average listener than Taylor’s later recordings; at least one can hear (even in abstract form) his connection to the bebop tradition and to Duke Ellington. Speaking of the latter, the most intriguing selection is a version of “Things Ain’t What They Used to Be” that not only has Taylor, Neidlinger, Higgins and Shepp but Steve Lacy on soprano, baritonist Charles Davis, trombonist Roswell Rudd and trumpeter Clark Terry, making for a very interesting mixture of styles. – Scott Yanow

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