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Cecil Taylor

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"One of my wishes has been realized. I found love. It was difficult, but I found it. Because when Billy Holiday sang, “You don‘t know what love is,” great singers will tell you… it‘s a partnership. It‘s a sharing"....—-Cecil Taylor November 10, 2010 "Practice, to be studious at the instrument, as well as looking at a bridge, or dancing, or writing a poem, or reading, or attempting to make your home more beautiful. What goes into an improvisation is what goes into one's preparation, then allowing the prepared senses to execute at the highest level devoid of psychological or logical interference

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The Complete, Legendary, Live Return Concert

Label: Oblivion Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Autumn/Parade; Spring of Two Blue J's.

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With (Exit) To Student Studies Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2022
Track listing: With (Exit); Student Studies 1; Student Studies 2; Amplitude; Niggle Feuigle.

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Article: Album Review

Cecil Taylor: With (Exit) To Student Studies Revisited

Read "With (Exit) To Student Studies Revisited" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Documenting the evolution of Cecil Taylor is an undertaking that is way beyond the pay grade of most listeners. Just as in the study of homo sapiens (yes, us) where there is no critical moment (the missing link) that we can definitely pinpoint where our ancestors established language, art and importantly, abstract thought, Taylor's music can ...

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Article: Album Review

Günter Baby Sommer & the Lucaciu 3: Karawane

Read "Karawane" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Long recognized as one of the most important exponents of European free jazz, drummer Günter Baby Sommer has refused to rest on his laurels, as he continues to do his part to maintain the legacy of free improvisation and creative jazz in a host of contexts, defying the aging process rather insouciantly while doing so. His ...

Article: Album Review

Blaise Siwula, Vattel Cherry and Jeff Arnal: Expositions of Freedom...Now!

Read "Expositions of Freedom...Now!" reviewed by Derek Taylor


Under the unifying sobriquet of Expositions of Freedom...Now! the trio of Blaise Siwula, Vattel Cherry and Jeff Arnal is an aggregate that seizes the process of spontaneous composition as its central fuel source. Siwula and Cherry's association hearkens back half a decade to where the two met in a Cecil Taylor large ensemble. The saxophonist has ...

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Article: Interview

Phil Freeman Talks Jazz in the 21st Century

Read "Phil Freeman Talks Jazz in the 21st Century" reviewed by Tyran Grillo


If music journalism had an award for honesty, it would belong firmly on the shelf of Phil Freeman alongside his latest book, Ugly Beauty. And if I had a choice about the design of said award, I might opt for a gold-plated boxing glove to symbolize the gut punches his words deliver. Not because his approach ...

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Article: Book Excerpts

JD Allen: Just Keep Going

Read "JD Allen: Just Keep Going" reviewed by AAJ Staff


The following is an excerpt from Chapter 1, “JD Allen: Just Keep Going" from Philip Freeman's Ugly Beauty: Jazz in The 21st Century (ZerO Books, 2022). Queens, New York seems purposely designed to confuse travelers. It's January 2, 2020, a brisk but sunny day, and I'm to meet saxophonist JD Allen at Samurai ...

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Article: Album Review

Wadada Leo Smith: The Emerald Duets

Read "The Emerald Duets" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The pioneering British photographer/author Val Wilmer said of Wadada Leo Smith, “he no longer relates to the restrictions of scales and chords. To him, music is about two things only: sound and rhythm." Her assessment, from the essential book As Serious As Your Life (Allison & Busby Ltd, 1977), was published in 1977. But in the ...

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Article: Live Review

43rd Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

Read "43rd Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Part 1 | Part 2 43rd Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland Playhouse Sqaurejny:Cleveland, Ohio June 23-25, 2022 Not quite ten years ago in 2014, the Tri-C JazzFest morphed from a spring event held largely on campus to a summer happening in downtown Cleveland's Playhouse Square. Like with most festivals, the ...


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