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Conquistador [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

Cecil TaylorAudio CD
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listen  3. With (Exit) (Alternate Take) (Rudy Van Gelder 24Bit Mastering) (2001 Digital Remaster)17:24$1.29  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (March 23, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B0001CLZPG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,478 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
1. Conquistador 17:54
2. With (Exit) 19:20
3. With (Exit) 17:24

Cecil Taylor, piano
Bill Dixon, trumpet
Jimmy Lyons, alto sax
Henry Grimes, bass
Alan Silva, bass
Andrew Cyrille, drums

If I didn't know better, I'd think this music was from the same session as Unit Structures, but it isn't. It's got roughly the same group (there's a different trumpet player and only one sax). For me, the real joy of this record (and any of Cecil's other recordings from this period) is the rhythm section. Andrew Cyrille is to me one of the truly great and innovative drummers of that time. The bass duo of Henry Grimes and Alan Silva is incredible as well. Grimes strums and rumbles in the background while Silva shades and colors the music with his unbelievably high-pitched bowed tones, formally called "arco bass." And of course, Cecil Taylor, one of the greatest musicians ever. And I don't mean among the other two-thousand "greatest musicians ever;" I mean that he is probably one of the top 10 greatest musicians who ever lived. Other musicians have even said that he was greater than Stravinsky. So you really can't go wrong with a set like this if you are a fan of avant-garde jazz, or even if you just appreciate creative & innovative music. Bill Dixon and Jimmy Lyons play wonderful melodies and solos throughout the record (Dixon's solo on the alt. take of "With (Exit)" is particularly interesting). Although it's not easy listening for people who haven't been exposed to free music before, this is a must-have for Cecil Taylor fans and avant-garde jazz fans in general.

The original album consisted of two side-length tracks (the first two on the CD). An alternate take of "With (Exit)" has been added for our listening pleasure.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Conquistador" Returns to Conquer March 23, 2004
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Cecil Taylor's "Conquistador," out-of-print for nearly ten years and often impossible to find used, makes an improbable return to the Blue Note catalog in the RVG series. Cecil Taylor has been making unique contributions to jazz for more than 50 years, but the pianist actually only made two albums for Blue Note -- "Unit Structures" and "Conquistador." (Others have been issued on CD by Blue Note, but those sessions, like "Love for Sale" and "Jazz Advance," were originally recorded for other labels.) While many will say his most creative, fertile period began in the mid-70s, I have always enjoyed his two mid-60s Blue Note dates the best. I know many critics have deemed these transition years for Taylor, but I find his participation in the jazz avant-garde's most popular period to be quite vital. This October 6, 1966 session and its two tracks "Conquistador" and "With (Exit)," (an alternate take of the latter song is also included) certainly holds it own compared to albums of that year by fellow innovators John Coltrane, Albert Ayler and Archie Shepp, not to mention his Blue Note colleagues. Indeed, the climate at Blue Note in Alfred Lion's last years was very open-minded and favored the experimental, and Taylor must have relished this freedom. His group of Bill Dixon on trumpet, Jimmy Lyons on alto sax, Henry Grimes and Alan Silva on bass, and Andrew Cyrille on drums is the perfect vehicle to put forth Taylor's eccentric, multi-layered free jazz vision. Those who like Blue Note classics like "Out to Lunch," Point of Departure," "The All-Seeing Eye" or "Dialogue" will be right at home with "Conquistador."
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cecils best!!! March 25, 2004
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Apparently, Blue Note has finally re-released this album again (it has been available on cd before but was several years ago). The band is similar to the one on "Unit Structures" in that it features Cyrille, Silva, Grimes and Lyons. Added to this group is the incredible trumpeter Bill Dixon who really adds to the magic of this album. His style is introverted, moody and RELATIVELY laid-back. This was a great contrast with the rest of the group and it was a stroke of genius to include him on the album.
There's only two songs on the album; the title track and "With (Exit). Both those songs are less dense and complicated than the compositions on "Unit Structures" which makes this a great first-buy for new-comers to cecils later (post-62) works. The first song, "Conquistador" starts with a theme which is followed by a typically intense (but logical) Lyons solo. If you listen to Cecils piano in the background you can hear that there are easily recognizable tonal centers which isn't always the case with his music. After Lyons comes a beautiful, laid-back section where Dixon plays a lyrical trumpet solo. This leads into the "real" theme which is far more melodic in the conventional sense than Taylor usually is. Cecil then plays a long, incredible piano-solo backed by "african"-sounding percussion. The song ends with a bass-piano section and a recapitulation of the first theme. Incredible stuff.
The other song, "With (exit)" is my favourite Cecil Taylor composition. It starts off with another catchy and beautiful theme that goes through a syncopated section and a more intense one. The solos are basically explorations of the various moods of the theme.
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