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Unit Structures, through its use of two bassists (Henry Grimes and Alan Silva) and the two-reed front of Ken McIntyre and Taylor-mainstay Jimmy Lyons, suggests a "double band." Yet such structures become almost meaningless in Taylor's world: it is all about energy and exploration. Punctuated by percussive bursts and melodic eruptions, Unit Structures is, despite its title, impressionistic and whimsical, although devoid of all standard structures and romance. Instead, Taylor pushes his band to explore the limits of improvisation where nothing--neither form, nor melody, nor structure--is a given. Still challenging listening after nearly four decades. --Fred Goodman
This album is a great radical plunge. ....Play it several times over a few months.
It starts with a very complicated stop-start theme before an almost boogie-woogieish piano line introduces a screaming, intense McIntyre solo.
As you listen more and more, the sense and structure of this music becomes more clear.
The music is typical New Thing from the sixties. High energy playing, but somehow chaotic and lacking a melody or strong harmonic structures. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Pierre Taminiaux
While reading a book by August Kleinzahler, he mentioned Cecil Taylor. I had heard of him, but never did anything about it till now. What an improv. Read morePublished on December 21, 2012 by Shale
I can't really say what it is about this (and Conquistador), but they are absolutely addictive, I just can't stop listening to them!Published on June 24, 2012 by Ripley I
This is the companion to Cecil Taylor's Conquistador. Unit Structures works in the same format, but without the great Eddie Gale on trumpet. Read morePublished on December 19, 2009 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
This record is one of the seminal recordings in Jazz and perhaps one of the most interesting developments in music as a whole. Read morePublished on May 11, 2009 by Michael L. Lewis
Cecil Taylor is one of those pianists that is so stubborn and consumed with himself that he just can't make good music much like when Coltrane went off the deep end, but only... Read morePublished on December 11, 2008 by Transfigured Knight
There should be no misunderstanding - Cecil Taylor meant it when he called this album "Unit Structures". Read morePublished on June 23, 2007 by nadav haber
Although nothing here is as shocking as Albert Ayler's forays into structure/less jazz improvisation--nor as revolutionary as Ornette Coleman's hard-charging free-bop assault;... Read morePublished on June 1, 2007 by Jules McCaffery
What a racket. Give this a miss. Like being dragged through a hedge backwards.Published on November 23, 2005 by M. F. Tarrant
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FAR EAST SUITE is incredible!
AFRO-BOSSA is darn good!
AND HIS MOTHER CALLED HIM BILL (Strayhorn tribute) is fabulous!!!
ALMOST ANY collection of Duke's stuff from the 1930s & '40s on the Columbia & RCA labels (Swing Era/danceable)
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