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Silent Tongues Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Live


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 6, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 1974
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Live
  • Label: 1201 Music
  • ASIN: B00004SVHY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #812,315 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Matt Archuleta on September 8, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I was turned on (if you will), to Cecil Taylor by the late, great Jazz pianist Don Pullen. Not by direct verbal communication but by the music and the inspiration. "New Beginnings" and "Ode To Life" by Pullen compelled me to seek out this recording by Cecil Taylor.
Taylor literally pounds the ivories as if melody and harmony are silent tongues driven to the recesses of the soundboard and he is seeking redemption by compelling them forth.
The pounding I speak of is beautiful, more beautiful than a drum solo because of the wide ranging notes. Extensive use of the pedal to curtail notes and frequent runs of block glissando are trademarks.
This is a live recording at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in 1974 and it is a clean, vibrant, resonating recording. This is great party music for it will start intelligent conversations by the raw emotive power and verve.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By dig-it-the-most on February 26, 2000
Like another reviewer mentions, I have found nonjazz fans who like this performance. Many people like Cecil best in the solo piano setting, and there is no better place to start than here.
One thing very valuable is the last encore where he plays (in a song form) many of the themes he used in the performance.
Brilliant
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Plotkin on February 28, 2009
Format: Audio CD
To many, pianist Cecil Taylor is one of the most forbidding figure in contemporary music. Wrongly labeled the man who brought atonality to jazz (he is never atonal), whose pieces are Brucknerian in length, compared more often to the European classical modernists (Stockhausen, Boulez, Messiaen) than to his idols Monk, Ellington, and Powell, there is no middle ground with Taylor, his music either chews you up or spews you out.

Taylor's ouevre since 1963, when he broke his ties to countable time, under-10 minute songs lengths and conventional song structures, can be divided into two: Taylor with horns, and Taylor without horns. In a band context, several things can be an impediment to easy enjoyment: there are typically too many things going on at once, a kinds of simultanaeity of drums, piano, and horn(s) roaming freely in different directions; the horns often scream; Taylor's structures reveal themselves less readily, and in general there is often, but not always, more than the human ear can take in immediately.

CD's that foreground Taylor's piano playing, typically solo, but on also on the rare occasions where he plays in a bass-drums trio, or duets with a percussionist, is really the place to start. First of all, what seems like anarchy actually has sound structural underpinnings that more readily assert themselves solo.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 10, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I own about 50 CDs of Taylor, so I know what am talking about: This is one of my favorites, beside the (even better) piano solo record "Air Above Mountains" and the two - very different - trio records "In Florescence" ( with William Parker and Gregg Bendian) and "Looking (Berlin Version)" ( with William Parker and Tony Oxley: "The Feel Trio").
Unlike the trio records, the two piano solo albums are more easily accessible. They open up a complex world of beauty. Hard to explain because there is nothing that would compare to them. They are clear, rich, intense, dynamic, serious, intelligent and warm.
You need to like jazz music or modern classical music to appreciate them. If you do: They will be with you for a long, long time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By a.b. on February 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is some wonderful music.
Piano as a full orchestra.
Melody as rhythm. Rhythm as melody.
Time and space that shatter and bend...in the same moment.
The soul of an artistic genius wrenched out by terrifying forces and put into sound, nervous and firm, ambiguous and precise, ugly and beautiful.
Great music from the inimitable Cecil Taylor.
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