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Cecil Taylor

Read "Cecil Taylor" reviewed by John Eyles

On April 5th 2018, the world lost pianist, composer, poet and iconoclast Cecil Taylor, at age 89. Taylor was the last surviving member of a generation of players who gave birth to the music variously labelled as avant-garde, fire music or free jazz, although some sources jointly credit Taylor and Ornette Coleman as its originators.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

MONK'estra at SFJAZZ Center

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MONK'estra
SFJAZZ Center
San Francisco, CA
August 22, 2013

The music of the legendary Thelonious Monk (October 10, 1917-February 17, 1982) has rarely been heard in a big band setting. The second most-recorded jazz composer after Duke Ellington, Monk's music is nothing if not popular. While Ellington composed over a thousand songs, Monk penned only ...

ARTICLE: HIGHLY OPINIONATED

Roswell Rudd: The Musical Magus Turns 75

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"Years ago it would have seemed an impossible dream to get to record with this musical magus, but here we are... and what a thrill!" class="f-right">--Charlie Kohlhase, From liner notes to Eventuality: The Charlie Kohlhase Quintet Plays the Music of Roswell Rudd (Nada, 2001)




I see him suddenly as if in a ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Buell Neidlinger Quartet LIve at Ravenna Jazz '87 With Special Guest Steve Lacy

K2B2 Records (k2b2.com) has just released a new CD—Buell Neidlinger Quartet Live at Ravenna Jazz '87 With Special Guest Steve Lacy (K2B2 3969). This live concert was the first time since 1959 that Neidlinger and Steve Lacy would play music together. They last played together at the NYC Cecil Taylor sessions for Candid Records. Supported by tenor saxophonist Marty Krystall, ...

ARTICLE: BOOK EXCERPTS

Cecil Taylor at the Take 3, 1962-'63

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[Editor's Note: Excerpted and adapted from a work-in-progress, Going Outside: A Memoir of Free Jazz & the '60s]

In the summer of 1962, Cecil lands a three-month, four-night-a-week gig at The Take 3, a coffee house on Bleecker Street. It's right next door to The Bitter End where Woody Allen had performed just ...

David Haney: Blue Flint Girl and Live from Yoshi's

Read "David Haney: Blue Flint Girl and Live from Yoshi's" reviewed by Clifford Allen







David Haney Trio

Blue Flint Girl

CIMP

2009

The David Haney Collective

Live from Yoshi's

Cadence Jazz Records

2009



The center of the jazz world is still considered to be Gotham, even though one can pretty ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Herbie Nichols: A Jazzist's Life

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Herbie Nichols: A Jazzist's Life
Mark Miller
Soft cover; 224 pages
ISBN: 978-1-55128-146-0
The Mercury Press
2009

Although he is considerably better known and respected today than he was in his lifetime, pianist Herbie Nichols and his spectacularly original music remains relatively obscure. This is one ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Kyle Eastwood Now

Kyle Eastwood Now

Kyle Eastwood, France's #1 Jazz artist release of NOW, offers a cool twist of genre jumping selections that swirl a post-modern jazz sensibility with a hip Euro electronica lounge vibe.

Eastwood's Now is an interesting hybrid of style. The title track is the most successful with its addictive chugging rhythms of Manu Katche on drums and ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Buell Neidlinger: From Taylor to Zappa to the Carpenters

Read "Buell Neidlinger: From Taylor to Zappa to the Carpenters" reviewed by Clifford Allen

Bassist Buell Neidlinger, born March 2, 1936, has had in many respects a genre-defying career. A child prodigy on cello, Buell graduated to bass and playing Dixieland in New York during the early ‘50s. It wasn’t long, however, before he joined the bass chair of the first Cecil Taylor quartet (including soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy and ...