Learn How

Help improve All About Jazz

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. For $20, we'll hide those pesky Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

285

Cecil Taylor / William Parker / Masashi Harada: CT: The Dance Project

Nic Jones By

Sign in to view read count
Cecil Taylor / William Parker / Masashi Harada: CT: The Dance Project Well informed readers of this website will know that any piano-bass-drums trio involving Cecil Taylor is not going to consist of "correct" virtuosity applied to the maximum in pursuit of sophisticated cocktail lounge music. It doesn't happen here, but what does is a moment caught in time, representing three empathetic individuals in pursuit of the music in its deepest and yet most abstract form.

Duos and solos are integral parts of the overall performance as opposed to opportunities for self-indulgence, and the underlying group expression is in itself purged of excess. Truly the trio thinks as one, making the most of the moment even while it appears to have a collective eye on the overarching dynamic of the music. Thus the interplay between piano and bass on "Emerging From The Cosmic Exterial" is, at times, the product of relentless force contained, even while the logical of the piece is dictated entirely by the moment and the quicksilver responsiveness of the players. All of that remains in place when it becomes "Feeling," where it's as if Taylor feels overly deferential towards William Parker and the force of nature that is his bass. The understanding between the two men borders on the telepathic, and to the extent that it's not only ideas themselves which are exploited but also fragments of ideas fleshed out, elaborated upon and revised such that the moment becomes the most precious thing possible to devise.

When percussionist Masashi Harada eventually makes his presence known he falls right in with the empathy, as if waiting for exactly the right moment is of paramount importance. So poised is the music at this point that it's extraordinary how the group manages to maintain it and not teeter over into the sound and fury of empty rhetoric. Taylor is arguably at his most singularly lyrical at this point, showing how difficult it is to maintain a singular approach to any instrument over the course of approximately the half a century he's been in the music.

On the closing "Willing," the music is reined in, and it's mostly dark hues that are summoned up. The slightly ominous feel of some of Taylor's past is arguably most evident here, although again the vertiginous feel is avoided through a kind of collective application. The dynamics quota is upped in no small part by Harada, who paradoxically plays a role at the heart of the music, even while to some ears he might appear detached from it.



Visit Cecil_Taylor, William Parker and Masashi Harada on the web.


Track Listing: Astral Fluid on the Earth: Looking Into The Universe; Emerging From The Cosmic Exterial; Soul Activities: Feeling; Willing.

Personnel: Cecil Taylor: piano; William Parker: bass; Masashi Harada: percussion.

Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: FMP Records | Style: Free Improv/Avant-Garde


Shop

More Articles

Read #knowingishalfthebattle CD/LP/Track Review #knowingishalfthebattle
by Mark F. Turner
Published: January 23, 2017
Read Live In Brooklyn CD/LP/Track Review Live In Brooklyn
by Roger Farbey
Published: January 23, 2017
Read King Of Xhosa CD/LP/Track Review King Of Xhosa
by James Nadal
Published: January 23, 2017
Read Blooming Tall Phlox CD/LP/Track Review Blooming Tall Phlox
by Mark Sullivan
Published: January 23, 2017
Read Hear & Now CD/LP/Track Review Hear & Now
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: January 22, 2017
Read Known-Unknown CD/LP/Track Review Known-Unknown
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: January 22, 2017
Read "Utazata" CD/LP/Track Review Utazata
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: March 22, 2016
Read "In The Corner Of The Eye" CD/LP/Track Review In The Corner Of The Eye
by Glenn Astarita
Published: July 10, 2016
Read "Some Other Time" CD/LP/Track Review Some Other Time
by Karl Ackermann
Published: July 21, 2016
Read "The BBC Sessions Vol. 1" CD/LP/Track Review The BBC Sessions Vol. 1
by Rokas Kucinskas
Published: October 29, 2016
Read "NYC Unforeseen" CD/LP/Track Review NYC Unforeseen
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: January 24, 2016
Read "Wisdom Of Elders" CD/LP/Track Review Wisdom Of Elders
by James Nadal
Published: October 8, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Get Jazz Near You via email!

Enjoy the convenience of receiving a comprehensive listing of jazz events in your area every Thursday. It's free!