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  • Audio CD (June 12, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 1976
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Enja
  • ASIN: B000005C68
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joe Pierre on February 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is a very strong date from the Cecil Taylor Unit, circa 1976, a time when Cecil's music had already fully blossomed into what it is today -- dense, unbridled, frenetic, passionate, and complex. For those not accustomed to avant-garde (kind of a misnomer now since Cecil's been recording since the 50's) or free jazz, it's safe to say his music can be "difficult" and it's certainly not for everyone, with accessibility inversely proportional to the number of sidemen in his band. Even a die hard fan like myself (particularly in my older, more mellow age) is partial to his solo, duo, and trio work.

And yet, while this might not be the place to start, this is nevertheless an outstanding live concert featuring the Unit as quintet, with Raphe Malik on trumpet, Jimmy Lyons on alto sax, David S. Ware on tenor, and Marc Edwards on drums. It's classic Cecil -- a single tune ("Stream and Chorus of Seed") of more than an hour of non-stop, breakneck piano playing, with the horn players taking turns as soloists. Raphe Malik dominates the first quarter blasting and trilling away on trumpet; David Ware takes over at the 20 minute mark with squallering and upper register explorations easily on par with latter day Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Albert Ayler, or David Gilmore; Jimmy Lyons' trademark alto sound emerges at minute 35 (Cecil treasured Lyons, who played alongside for more than two decades); and then by minute 46 the horns yield (out of sheer exhaustion?) to Cecil and the rhythm section to round out the final 15 minutes of the concert. Malik and Ware are incendiary, while Edwards sticks to fairly conventional accompaniment underneath it all.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By steve on July 8, 2001
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Doesn't it seem like every artist mentioned on Ken Burns Jazz was related back to Louis Armstrong or Charlie Parker? Dark unto themselves is an absolutley staggering work of art by the master of the avant-garde movement. One track-62 minutes in length. I always say for people just discovering Cecil Taylor, borrow his records from a friend before purchase, because his music can be quite difficult to grasp at first. After that though, buy all the Cecil you can get your greasy mitts on! He's an absolutely brilliant musician and should get more credit where it is due.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 25, 1998
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If you are already 'advanced' in Taylors music or simply want to confront yourself with something rather overwhelming (or disturbing, if you are not into such 'Free' Jazz) try 'Dark to themselves'. Especially sax- & trombone-enthusiasts should not miss it, for it contains brilliant solos of R. Malik, D.S. Ware and (of course!) Jimmy Lyons. This music burns and screams in a way, which is most obviously not made for a cocktail party. But to an open ear it might turn out to be a revelation.
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