- 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: #1,042,919 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Silent Tongues Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Live
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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.
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.Read more ›
One thing very valuable is the last encore where he plays (in a song form) many of the themes he used in the performance.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The most important live recording of Cecil Taylor's unique piano work. I had the chance to be in the audience in Montreux when it happened and I will never forget it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Pierre Taminiaux
This record has made me rethink my stance as an Atheist. Some pianists have
tried holding a candle to this for over 30 years. Read more
I'm a fan of Taylor's frantic style, but I think it's important to rate items based on what people who aren't aware of the artist might perceive of the work if they had to buy it,... Read morePublished on May 11, 2001 by Scott Woods