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Cecil Taylor: piano
Bill Dixon: trumpet
Jimmy Lyons: alto sax
Henry Grimes, Alan Silva: bass
Andrew Cyrille: drums
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2. With (Exit) 19:20
3. With (Exit) 17:24
Cecil Taylor, piano
Bill Dixon, trumpet
Jimmy Lyons, alto sax
Henry Grimes, bass
Alan Silva, bass
Andrew Cyrille, drums
If I didn't know better, I'd think this music was from the same session as Unit Structures, but it isn't. It's got roughly the same group (there's a different trumpet player and only one sax). For me, the real joy of this record (and any of Cecil's other recordings from this period) is the rhythm section. Andrew Cyrille is to me one of the truly great and innovative drummers of that time. The bass duo of Henry Grimes and Alan Silva is incredible as well. Grimes strums and rumbles in the background while Silva shades and colors the music with his unbelievably high-pitched bowed tones, formally called "arco bass." And of course, Cecil Taylor, one of the greatest musicians ever. And I don't mean among the other two-thousand "greatest musicians ever;" I mean that he is probably one of the top 10 greatest musicians who ever lived. Other musicians have even said that he was greater than Stravinsky. So you really can't go wrong with a set like this if you are a fan of avant-garde jazz, or even if you just appreciate creative & innovative music. Bill Dixon and Jimmy Lyons play wonderful melodies and solos throughout the record (Dixon's solo on the alt. take of "With (Exit)" is particularly interesting). Although it's not easy listening for people who haven't been exposed to free music before, this is a must-have for Cecil Taylor fans and avant-garde jazz fans in general.
The original album consisted of two side-length tracks (the first two on the CD). An alternate take of "With (Exit)" has been added for our listening pleasure.Read more ›
There's only two songs on the album; the title track and "With (Exit). Both those songs are less dense and complicated than the compositions on "Unit Structures" which makes this a great first-buy for new-comers to cecils later (post-62) works. The first song, "Conquistador" starts with a theme which is followed by a typically intense (but logical) Lyons solo. If you listen to Cecils piano in the background you can hear that there are easily recognizable tonal centers which isn't always the case with his music. After Lyons comes a beautiful, laid-back section where Dixon plays a lyrical trumpet solo. This leads into the "real" theme which is far more melodic in the conventional sense than Taylor usually is. Cecil then plays a long, incredible piano-solo backed by "african"-sounding percussion. The song ends with a bass-piano section and a recapitulation of the first theme. Incredible stuff.
The other song, "With (exit)" is my favourite Cecil Taylor composition. It starts off with another catchy and beautiful theme that goes through a syncopated section and a more intense one. The solos are basically explorations of the various moods of the theme.Read more ›
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I picked up this CD a number of years ago while I was trying to give myself an education in Jazz using the Blue Note RVG remasters as a guideline. Read morePublished on June 19, 2012 by Thomas A. Overstreet
Some people speak as if Cecil Taylor invented music, and other people have branded him the jazz anti-Christ.
I tend to take a middle ground on his work. Read more
Let me first say, that many people dig this stuff...avant-garde/free jazz stuff, and honestly, I've listened to a lot of it probably more than my ears can stand, but I have to say... Read morePublished on December 11, 2008 by Transfigured Knight