- Audio CD (May 25, 2004)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Bridge
- ASIN: B00022LI0M
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,454 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Cecil Taylor: Algonquin
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The visionary piano virtuoso Cecil Taylor was commissioned by the Library of Congress to write a work for violin and piano in 1999. The result was Taylor's "Algonquin"an intensely joyful dialogue between violinist Mat Maneri and Taylor. Taylor's score bridges the gap between jazz and classical musicbetween improvisation and notated music. As annotator Bill Shoemaker writes: "A Taylor score opens a moment of intense creativity, but only for that moment; afterwards, the score is merely part of the record, fodder for the files. What endures in Taylor's music defies notation, conventional or otherwise. It begs the question: Is a score that is little more than an outline, and designed only for a single use, as legitimate as one where all aspects of performance are specified, and has been repeatedly performed over for years, decades and even centuries? Given the exhilarating energy conveyed through this recording, the answer is surely yes."
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this is not a bridge so much as simply more cecil, he plays very slick here, polished, I'd like to see how much of this is written out, nice pacings all along, and the bonfires he sets here, makes you want more oxygen for his fast furioso liks, I really thought the violin and cecil piano would not mix, would produce a synergy, they way you want, but it does at times, nice structure as well, some solos, then breaking the structure of the proceedings. nothing new from cecil though, but equally wanting to hear, hear again, dont know if a cello, or viola, or contrabass would get as engagin as this, I guess you need to think about that, cecil and strings, does it give off what it should,winds blowing through the park, trees there with garbage below, a homeless person,seeking hot coffee. . .
For Taylor-lovers like me who feel he sometimes repeats himself on disc (certain musical figures appear too predictably in most of his work from the early 70s on), this will be a DELIGHT. There is so much fresh material here! Plus, more of Taylor's amazing lyricism and harmonic richness that he's been showing over the past 10 years or so.
There's a section early in the 1st movement that outdoes Stockhausen's glissando/cluster writing in Klavierstuck X!
And Maneri, who I hadn't heard of before but certainly will seek out now, is an amazingly perfect match for Taylor in this piece. Evidently Taylor rehearsed him intensely for only one day - the day of the performance. If this is true, it speaks VOLUMES for Taylor as a teacher AND for Maneri as a musician.
(By the way, I suspect the violin is an electric violin, not just an amplified acoustic violin, because of some of the low-pitched material that sounds more like a viola or even a cello in some parts.)
The blurb on the CD -- "this is truly a musical COMPOSITION, whatever the notation" -- is fully vindicated here. The tragedy is that no-one else will likely be able to perform this. The miracle is that the performance here is UNSURPASSABLE.
Buy this CD if you love Taylor, or Maneri, or the piano, or the violin, or new jazz, or new classical music, or high-energy music, or lush music, or the interplay of two master musicians, or ... just want to be BLOWN AWAY.
But the man's genius is quite real; Mat Maneri listens carefully to what Cecil is doing on the keyboard, responds beautifully, and so the exchange of musical thoughts is almost equal, although Cecil generally leads the "dance".
There are flashes of Scriabin, Bartok, and Stravinsky here, along with Ellington and Monk and even a hint or two of Bud Powell. Still, the Taylor sound isn't just an amalgam of all these influences, it's always had a vitality of its own that's absolutely unique.
This album reminds me of some of the more relaxed dialogues between Cecil and the late, great Jimmy Lyons, like "Student Studies" and "With (Exit)."
Comparing any of Cecil's collaborators to Jimmy is a high compliment, but Mat Maneri deserves it.