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The Eighth [Import]

Cecil TaylorAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (April 5, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hat Hut
  • ASIN: B000H4VXLO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,500 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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First, the most excellent news. This CD has been recently (circa June 2006) reissued by hatOLOGY and is available. As always, if you have trouble finding a copy, drop me an email and I will make suggestions.
Secondly, I agree with Mr. Pierre below. This is a classic Taylor quartet date (the drum chair is being filled by Rashid
Bakr who was just beginning his second stint in Taylor's band). Cecil and the band are very much in full force here playing with strength, heart, soul and mind.
I also want to second Mr. Pierre on his remarks about Cecil Taylor's being in absolute control of his music. Anybody who doubts that Cecil Taylor has a very well developed methodology behind his music should read the liner notes to his recent CD collaboration with the Italian Instabile Orchestra. The members of the IIO (all of whom are great musicians) came away with enormous respect for that methodology.
The issue Mr. Pierre raises brings me to the title of my review which is a partial quote from Cecil Taylor (Art Lange provides the full quote in his excellent notes). Music like this is demanding not because it is random or too intellectual but because most of us do not have a way to approach it. Our usual musical reference points (e.g.,"it sounds kind of bluesy" or "I can hear a little of McCoy in his left hand") just don't apply with a musician like Cecil Taylor.
One suggestion that I can make is to focus on the playing of Jimmy Lyons on this disc. Listen to what he is doing and then listen to how everyone responds to him and vice versa. And this brings me to where I disagree a little with Mr. Pierre. I love Lyons' playing and always have. He is a member of that interesting group of players who grew up with bebop truths but found their way leading into free jazz.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Taylor/Lyons/Parker smoke it up in Germany May 28, 2006
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It's too bad this one is out of print -- it's a pretty awesome date by CT, Jimmy Lyons on alto, William Parker on bass, and Rashid Bakr on drums playing live in Germany in 1981. Originally released on LP in abridged form, this HatHut CD has the complete concert spread across 2 tracks, "Calling it the 8th" at 57 minutes, and "Calling it the 9th" at 11 minutes.

For me, this is the best latter-day recording featuring Jimmy Lyons to own -- in part because he's given ample solo space and the recording is pretty crisp -- but also because he sits out quite a bit too, leaving CT alone with the rhythm section. This is, incidentally, the first recording that paired CT with William Parker -- something that would continue for years to come. Simply put, after some initially drumming and chants to kick things off, Cecil is on fire for the rest of the concert -- he's playing dense, fast, and feverish pretty much throughout and so the energy of the band is consistently high. The addition of the second track, "Calling it the 9th" is interesting -- kind of a summary of track 1 in miniature that once again shows that CT isn't just banging the keys randomly -- the music is notated and laid out and can in fact be repeated. I really don't love Jimmy Lyons, but even so this concert, like the Monmartre dates from two decades earlier, deserves 5 stars.
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This recording of a Cecil Taylor Unit quartet at the Freiburger Jazztage Festival saw a new rhythm section for Cecil and Jimmy Lyons, with Rashid Bakr on drums and Wiliam Parker on bass. Parker would go on to play with Cecil for many years, including in the Feel Trio with Tony Oxley. I recently added this one to my Cecil collection as I set about filling in some gaps.

THE EIGHTH followed hard on the heels of a well-documented Unit with Ronald Shannon Jackson on drums and Ramsey Ameen on violin which recorded two albums for New World and one for Hat Hut. While the new rhythm section is not as solid and comfortable with Cecil's music as the previous band had been, they sound great. But the real attraction here is the fluid interplay between Cecil and Jimmy, with Cecil on a Bosendorfer, his favorite piano, in fine form across the 69-minute concert.

Cecil leads off with ritualized chanting, which he returns to again at times throughout the concert. If you've seen him live, you know that he sometimes enters the stage with ritual dance moves, and he sees his powerfully rhythmic music as integrally connected with dance, poetry and song.

This hatOLOGY disc was reissued by Hat Hut in 2006, and it is well worth hearing!

(verified purchase from the Jazz Loft)
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