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by Clifford Allen
As much of a clich' as it may sound, the debate will always rage on some semblance of a definition of jazz" versus improvised music." It is never a debate that one really wants to get into, semiotically or aesthetically, but with each new improvised recording, the listener and historian both must consider not only whether it is of value, but where it fits on the artistic continuum. But where does one draw the line between free jazz and free ...read more
by Rex Butters
Spending taxpayer money wisely, the Library of Congress commissioned Cecil Taylor to write a work for violin and piano in 1999. The resulting Algonquin features the pianist alongside violinist Mat Maneri, recorded before an audibly appreciative audience. Clearly enjoying the company, Taylor plays it frisky, free and light. Maneri has a more youthful-sounding partner than on his Gravitational Systems duet with Matthew Shipp.
Reciting a short poem, Taylor opens Part One." Maneri plays a solo improvisation, sounding already warmed up. ...read more