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Complete Nat Hentoff Sessions [Box set, Extra tracks, Import]

Cecil Taylor Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (January 31, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Extra tracks, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Ais
  • ASIN: B006O9MGR6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,751 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Digitally remastered four CD collection containing all existing recordings made by Cecil Taylor for the legendary Candid label. Produced by legendary jazz critic Nat Hentoff in 1960-61, these recordings are essential to the history of Modern Jazz. Featured are such star sidemen as Archie Shepp, Clark Terry, Steve Lacy, Billy Higgins, and bassist Buell Neidlinger, who was the original leader on half of these sessions. A complete 1961 Taylor septet session produced by Creed Taylor, and the pianist's entire 1957 quartet performance at Newport have been added here as a bonus. Includes 24-page booklet. Solar.

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5.0 out of 5 stars CECIL TAYLOR'S COMPLETE CANDID RECORDINGS PLUS February 3, 2012
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Four discs-70,78,76,74 minutes each approximately. The sound is very good on the (short lived) Candid label tracks (due in part to producer Nat Hentoff), with a slight warmth reminiscent of the vinyl releases. The Taylor/Evans set likewise is very good-clean and open. The live tracks, too, are fine. They lack some of the depth and crispness found in studio recordings, but (surprisingly) they sound pretty clean considering the era. The 22 page booklet contains quotes from Miles Davis, Roland Hanna, Cecil Taylor, and others. There's also the original album notes from "The World of Cecil Taylor" and "New York City Blues", which include period reviews from Down Beat, The Jazz Review, and others. Also included are bassist Buell Neidlinger's perspectives on those albums. There's several b&w photographs of various musicians (plus the color portrait on the cover), and color reproductions of the two above albums. The discs slip inside oversize cardboard jackets (each have track/personnel information), and these along with the (oversize) booklet, slip into a fairly flimsy cardboard slipcase. The whole package isn't much fatter than the usual plastic CD holder. For what it's worth, there's a sticker that says "Limited Edition Collector's Item".

Chances are if you're reading this review, you're familiar with Taylor's music. All of Taylor's Candid label tracks from the early 60's are here, plus a Taylor/Evans set, and the three tracks from Taylor's Newport Jazz Festival appearance in 1957. The Candid material is available separately, but this box set is a better deal economically if you don't own the individual albums. Plus, having both the Taylor/Evans and Newport tracks (both have been previously released) make this package to good to pass up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow April 17, 2012
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There isn't much to add to Mr. Jefferson's review beyond another burst of enthusiasm. This is first rate music, regardless of genre. Taylor hears and finds possibilities (tones, rhythms, dynamics) that most look past. The music is restless but incredibly engaging, often surging with Mingus-like rompergy while Taylor continually reopens whatever appears in a Monk-like fashion, attacking it obliquely, but with more abandon, less austerity. If you like jazz that takes you somewhere, in heart and mind, this is a must own. (The sound is also solid, if that's a concern.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars GENIUS UNFOLDING February 3, 2014
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CT, p, comp; var. personnel incl. Gil Evans, cond; Clark Terry, Ted Curson, tpt; Roswell Rudd, tbn; Steve Lacy, sop sx; Jimmy Lyons, alto sx; Archie Shepp, ten sx; Charles Davis, bari sx; Buell Neidlinger, Henry Grimes, b; Dennis Charles, Sunny Murray, Billy Higgins, dr

This compilation brings together all of the albums made by Cecil Taylor for the fledgling alt-jazz label Candid. The celebrated jazz critic Nat Hentoff produced all of them, with the possible exception of three cuts conducted by Gil Evans and released on his album Into the Hot in 1961.

This is indispensable music for anyone who loves jazz. 1957-61 was a critical period in Taylor’s growth. At that time, he was still playing a mix of his own tunes (“Air” is the best known of them) and standard ballads and jazz tunes (“This Nearly Was Mine,” “Things Ain’t What They Used to Be,” “Johnny Come Lately”, “Lazy Afternoon”). The trademarks of the later, mature Taylor style are present here: the heavy, sometimes thundering chord sequences, the abrupt rhythmic changes, the insistent mulling over not of chord changes but the melodic structure that lay behind them—but his playing and comping lay closer then to mainstream bop than they soon would be. (His comping was a wonder. Even at this early stage, it drove along the soloists in front of it and kept drawing them back to the melody in a manner that reminds one of, though not echoes, Monk.)

The most mature cuts on in this collection are the three from the Gil Evans release: “Pots,” “Bulbs,” and “Mixed.” Performed by a septet that included four players –Lyons, Shepp, Grimes and Murray—who were intimately familiar with Taylor’s music by then—and employing a richer mix of horns (add Rudd and Curson), they are the most fully realized songs in the collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!! September 30, 2012
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What a great collection of incredible Cecil Taylor from 1960 - 61. Some truly breathtaking compositions and playing. The whole band - Artie Shepp, Buell Neidlinger, and Denis Charles - really work this fantastic body of work!
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