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Tuesday, June 18th

like-nobody-else x 2

Cecil Taylor Trio (CT, 1929-2018, piano; Jimmy Lyons, alto saxophone; Sunny Murray, drums) with Albert Ayler (1936-1970, tenor saxophone), “Four,” excerpt (C. Taylor), live, Copenhagen, 1962

 

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reading table

A Bomb upon the Ceiling
Is an improving thing –
It keeps the nerves progressive
Conjecture flourishing –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 1150 (Franklin)

Saturday, April 7th

passings

Cecil Taylor, pianist, composer, bandleader, April 25, 1929-April 5, 2018

Today we celebrate his singular musical presence by revisiting a few favorites.

Live, 1981 (Imagine the Sound)

 

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With Max Roach (drums), live, New York (Columbia University), 2000

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With Harri Sjostrom (soprano saxophone), Tristan Honsinger (cello), Thurman Barker (marimba), Paul Lovens (drums), live, Germany (Hamburg), 1995

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I try to imitate on the piano the leaps in space a dancer makes.

—Cecil Taylor

Saturday, March 19th

like nobody else

Cecil Taylor Unit (CT, piano, vocal, percussion; Jimmy Lyons, alto saxophone, percussion; William Parker, bass, percussion; Rashid Bakr, percussion; Andre Martinez, percussion; Brenda Bakr, vocal) with dancers (Doretha Davidson, Leon Brown, Ron McKay, Pauline Zaguhei), live, Germany (Berlin), 1983

Wednesday, March 4th

More of Cecil T.

Cecil Taylor, live, Switzerland (Montreux), 1974


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reading table

It is a very painful thing, having to part company with what torments you.

—Robert Walser (1878-1956), “Balloon Journey” (translated from German by Christopher Middleton)

 

Tuesday, February 24th

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

—Muhammad Ali

Cecil Taylor Quintet (CT, piano; Harri Sjostrom, soprano saxophone; Tristan Honsinger, cello; Thurman Barker, marimba, percussion; Paul Lovens, drums), live, Germany (Hamburg), 1995

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art beat

William Klein (1928-), Blacks + Pepsi (AKA Moves + Pepsi)
Harlem, New York, 1955

Blacks + Pepsi, Harlem, 1955

Tuesday, March 25th

Happy (85th) Birthday, Cecil!

Cecil Taylor (March 25, 1929-), pianist, composer, MacArthur “genius” grant recipient, 2013 Kyoto Prize Laureate in Arts and Philosophy, etc.

Today, celebrating his musical life, we revisit three favorites.

Live, Germany (Nürnberg), 1984


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Live (with Rashid Bakr, drums; Thurman Barker, marimba, miscellaneous percussion), 1995


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Live (with Max Roach, drums), New York (Columbia University), 2000


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musical thoughts

I try to imitate on the piano the leaps in space a dancer makes.

—Cecil Taylor

Thursday, October 10th

alone

Need a jump-start?

Cecil Taylor (1929-), piano, “Looking (Berlin Version) Solo,” live, Berlin, 1989


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musical thoughts

When you are playing, whether you know it or not, you are dancing.

Cecil Taylor

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Lee Friedlander (1934-)

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Thursday, June 27th

The improvising pianist Cecil Taylor, a pioneering, influential and highly experimental musician and a longtime Brooklyn resident, is one of this year’s recipients of the Kyoto Prize, awarded each year by the Inamori Foundation in Japan, the foundation announced on Friday. Mr. Taylor, 84, is this year’s laureate in the category of arts and philosophy; different fields across technology, science, art and philosophy are considered on a rotating basis, and there has been a recipient in music every four years. (The last musician laureate in 2009 was the conductor and composer Pierre Boulez.) The prize comes with a cash gift of 50 million yen (approximately $510,000), to be given at a ceremony in Kyoto in November. This year’s other laureates are the electronics engineer Dr. Robert H. Dennard and the evolutionary biologist Dr. Masatoshi Nei.

—Ben Ratliff, New York Times arts blog, 6/21/13

Cecil Taylor (1929-), piano

Live (with Rashid Bakr, drums; Thurman Barker, marimba, miscellaneous percussion), 1995

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Live (solo), Italy (Perugia), 2009

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Live (solo), Germany (Berlin), 1991 (The Tree of Life)

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musical thoughts: following yesterday’s post

With live music, you’ve got to be ready when it is. Last night, after looking forward to an evening of Ethiopian dance, of saxophones and drums, at the Hideout, I just wasn’t in the mood. Instead I listened, in my living room, to something else—Bach’s Sonata No. 1 in G minor for solo violin, played by Nathan Milstein. On another night that would have seemed as foreign to me as this kinetic dance music did last night. But we can only hear with the ears we’ve got, which, like the rest of us, are ever changing, often in ways we neither anticipate nor understand.

Tuesday, June 4th

alone

Cecil Taylor, piano, live, Germany (Nürnberg), 1984

Sunday, 5/20/12

three takes

“Trials, Troubles, Tribulations” (E.C. Ball)
(AKA “Tribulations”)

Andrew Bird
Live, Nashville (Grimey’s New & Preloved Music), 2009

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Wayne Henderson, Martha Spencer & Jackson Cunningham
Live, Maryland (Rockville), 2010

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E.C. Ball & Lacey Richardson
Recording (Alan Lomax), 1959-60

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listening room: (some of) what’s playing

 Face A Frowning World: An E.C. Ball Memorial Album (Tompkins Square)

• Merle Haggard, If I Could Only Fly (Anti- Records)

• The Canton Spirituals, The Live Experience 1999 (Verity Records)

• Getatchew Mekuria & The Ex & Guests, Moa Anbessa (Terp Records)

• Derek Bailey, Bill Laswell, Tony Williams, Arcana (DIW Records)

• Peter Brotzmann Octet, Machine Gun (FMP)

• Peter Brotzmann Sextet & Quartet, Nipples (Atavistic Records/Unheard Music Series)

• Miles Davis Quintet, Live in Europe 1967 (Columbia)

• Cecil Taylor European Orchestra, Alms/Tiergarten (Spree) (FMP)

• Alfred Cortot, piano, The Master Pianist (EMI, Icon Series)

• Nathan Milstein, violin, J.S. Bach: Sonatas & Partitas (Deutsche Grammaphon)

• Arnold Schoenberg, Das Klavierwerk, Peter Serkin, piano (Arcana)

• WKCR-FM (broadcasting from Columbia University)

Bird Flight (Phil Schaap, jazz [Charlie Parker])
Eastern Standard Time (Carter Van Pelt, Jamaican music)

• WFMU-FM

Mudd Up! (DJ/Rupture“new bass and beats”)
Sinner’s Crossroads 
(Kevin Nutt, gospel)
Cherry Blossom Clinic (Terre T, rock, etc.)
Fool’s Paradise (Rex; “Vintage rockabilly, R & B, blues, vocal groups, garage, instrumentals, hillbilly, soul and surf”)
Downtown Soulville (Mr. Fine Wine, soul, etc.)

• WHPK-FM (broadcasting from University of Chicago)

The Blues Excursion (Arkansas Red)

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