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Air Above Mountains

Air Above Mountains

January 2, 1999
4.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: January 2, 1999
  • Release Date: November 23, 2007
  • Label: ENJA RECORDS Matthias Winckelmann
  • Copyright: ENJA RECORDS Matthias Winkelmann GmbH
  • Total Length: 1:16:20
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  • ASIN: B0010XHYGO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #924,805 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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By scarecrow VINE VOICE on February 17, 2005
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this is from August 20, 1976 Moosham Castle,open air festival in Austria someplace, Two Parts here the first 44'22 and Part Two a mere 31'53. Part One I though built too fast, wonderful middle register ideas, sputtering out,gently coaxing the temporalities of things, condensed, compacted spaces, sapces with un-freedom yet free to be a voice, his music are fragments of declamations, shards of speaking, we don't need his Words to hear his music, his Words are a distraction sometimes, from what he has to say with the piano.Not even 10 minutes into Part One and he begins his meta-ripplings up and down the keys, landed always one the bottom, I like the use of octaves here in the first ten minutes, bluesy thoughts yet abandoned afraid to go beyond, great timbre of the piano a Boesendorfer Grand, it has more a bass constitution than other piano, I think somewaht darker. this holds the bass ideas quite poerful stuff, like it anchors the rest down all that rippling(s). . . ,and he lands on Fifths Chords, a like a stopping point for Cecil never really stops.The Words here in the CD Jacket has some nice things to say, that the musician is the process, he'she creates by doing, and doing all the time incessantly,filling up the air above the mountains. . . Part Two is more serious,weighted even more an octave idea,alone lonely piano but then like INDENT builds foments,scats,projects,bellows within the basso regions,there are more reflective thoughts here, like asking questions no one can answer, like what's my music going to be now and now-then. . .Read more ›
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Are you one of those people who has Cecil Taylor Kool Aid - drinking friends? You know, those people who go into that kind of druggy trance with the closed eyes and the nodding, every time a Cecil Taylor disc is played? And have you found yourself saying "well, I mean, he's definitely an amazing musician...but I just don't really get it! I don't know...I guess I love melody - rhythm too much...". Well, maybe you're an idiot. But maybe you're not!

Cecil is not always at his most coherent. I'm here to tell you this. He is sometimes not that coherent. But this, friends, is a Masterpiece. Yes, with capital M. The logic of the motivic unfolding, combined with the virtuosity and that unique, pulsing approach to rhythmic propulsion creates something which can stand up to anything. There are days when I might even say that this is the greatest improvised solo piano disc of all time.

I love Cecil's playing here. Even with some of its endless Cecil - isms. Oh, those Cecil - isms. So much signature! Sometimes the Cagean in me wishes they would take a back seat. The octaves, the bluesy licks, the pentatonic "Africanisms". But, what the hell. He's a big personality, Cecil Taylor. Well, in the end, so was Cage, with his grinning Buddha thing and his Zen and his so - called "Emptiness". So this is what it is.

Anybody who can teach you to listen differently with this much grace and passion is a genius. It's a complicated world. Room for both approaches, although I find that a somewhat wishy - washy attitude. The non - stop intensity here is maybe too much for everyday listening. But what's everyday listening? Maybe you should stop listening to music everyday; what do I know?

If I didn't make it clear, I love this disc.
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"Air Above Mountains" is an exploration of the entire piano. Despite the furious and amazing magical tempos,this composition brings a great feeling of peace. It creates a time of its own.
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Very hard to review Cecil today. Once I was a fan, not so much now! Bill Evans and Earl Hines, Teddy Wilson and Bill Basie and Erroll Garner and Hank Jones more for me! Y hi d foesnot strike me as Mr. Tylor goneberserk! It is mmeasured chromatic bluesy anf doeshave ahintofmiddl r east feeling! It lacks movement at its worst! I might trade this in! Hos Candid stuff remains his best work.
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