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!

287

Cecil Taylor Quartet: Incarnation

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Cecil Taylor Quartet: Incarnation Recorded live in Berlin in 1999, this quartet outing features longtime Cecil Taylor associate and drummer Andrew Cyrille. But guitarist Franky Douglas' intermittent injections of James Brown-style funk passages provide a curiously interesting curveball of sorts.

The quartet commences the set with a feeling-out process, greasing the pot prior to an onslaught of intertwining call-and-response choruses. And as many of us would surmise, Taylor and his quartet go climactically fast and furious for the jugular. The pianist peppers and accentuates his bandmates' rumbling and tumbling sense of forward motion. Then again, Douglas' wah-wah guitar choruses cast a bizarre edge to Taylor's avant-garde canon.

On "Carnation, cellist Tristan Honsiger's oscillating arco passages establish the framework for the musicians' capacious dialogues of expansion and contraction. At times Taylor tempers the hard-hitting flow with sublime chord clusters, periodically toggling matters down to a near-whisper. Overall, this recording is one his more compelling dates in recent years. It's partly about frenetic group interaction, shaded with Douglas' occasional implementations of mainstream R&B. Recommended.


Track Listing: Focus; Carnation; Cartouche.

Personnel: Cecil Taylor: piano, voice; Franky Douglas: guitar, voice; Tristan Honsinger: cello. Special Guest: Andrew Cyrille: drums, tympani.

Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: FMP Records | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop

More Articles

Read Binary CD/LP/Track Review Binary
Read Piano Song CD/LP/Track Review Piano Song
Read Tales & Tones CD/LP/Track Review Tales & Tones
Read Elegy CD/LP/Track Review Elegy
Read "Kodama Trio" CD/LP/Track Review Kodama Trio
Read "Harmonicus Rex" CD/LP/Track Review Harmonicus Rex
Read "Illuminations" CD/LP/Track Review Illuminations
Read "Henry" CD/LP/Track Review Henry
Read "Nwayo" CD/LP/Track Review Nwayo
Read "Better Left Unsung" CD/LP/Track Review Better Left Unsung

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!