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Cecil Taylor


"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

"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. You ask, without logic, where does the form come from? It seems something that may be forgotten is that as we begin our day and proceed through it there is a form in existence that we create out of, that the day and night itself is for. And what we choose to vary in the daily routine provides in itself the fresh building blocks to construct a living form which is easily translated into a specific act of making a musical composition." - Cecil Taylor


Article: Album Review

اسم  [ism]: Maua

Read "Maua" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Where would the world be without the clang and the clamor of sensory heightened free-jazz blowing purposeful and wild throughout the realm and surrounding tenements? This is an unsung understanding understood by fellow wayfarers, handed down by the elders and experienced by all who listen. Pianist Pat Thomas understands all this and reassures you ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Focus On The Work Of Allison Burik And Some New Releases

Read "A Focus On The Work Of Allison Burik And Some New Releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show we focus on the work of Allison Burik. Also recent releases from Brûlez les Meubles, Biagio Coppa & Intrepid Trio, June Yun, John Rae and Ben Wilcock, Cecil Taylor, Joseph Daley, Jorge Cariglino, and Blue Moods. Playlist Show Intro 00:00 Allison Burik “Fragment 94" from Realm (Self Released) 00:54 Bellbird “Bluff" ...


Article: Album Review

Satoko Fujii Tokyo Trio: Jet Black

Read "Jet Black" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The January 2024 release of Jet Black starts the year out right. It is the Satoko Fujii Tokyo Trio's sophomore recording, presenting the Japanese pianist in one of her most compelling modes of expression: the piano trio. This is not foreign territory for her. She headed up a superb threesome with drummer Jim Black and bassist ...

Article: Album Review

Albert Ayler: Summertime To Spiritual Unity Revisited

Read "Summertime To Spiritual Unity Revisited" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Tra gli anni Cinquanta e Sessanta del Novecento, una vorticosa accelerazione spinse le arti e alimentò la creatività verso esplorazioni audaci, esprimendo personalità e individualità di valore universale. Autentico visionario, tra urlo febbrile e tenera carezza, tra ruvida e profonda adesione alle radici afroamericane e tensione verso il futuro, tra riferimenti tematici trasfigurati, inni religiosi, marce ...

Article: Album Review

Elisabeth Harnik, Zlatko Kaučič: One Foot in the Air

Read "One Foot in the Air" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Registrato il 14 giugno 2022 alla Kulturhalle di Eggersdorf, in Austria, questo disco documenta un concerto interamente improvvisato andato in scena per la rassegna Musik in Krumegg, protagonisti la pianista austriaca Elisabeth Harnik e il batterista e percussionista sloveno Zlatko Kaučič. Il singolare titolo trova spiegazione nelle foto interne alla copertina, che ritraggono il batterista disteso ...


More Lost Performances Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2023
Track listing: Our Prayer; Japan (Traditional) Universal Indians; Truth Is Marching In / Omega; Love Cry / Truth Is Marching In / Our Prayer; Four.


Article: Play This!

Remembering Tony Oxley: Combination

Read "Remembering Tony Oxley: Combination" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The sad news of the passing of free-spirited English drummer/percussionist Tony Oxley on December 26, 2023, is tempered by the knowledge that his was a life well lived, and his musical legacy a lasting one. As a member of Ronnie Scott's house band in the latter half of the 1960s, Yorkshireman Oxley played with some of ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Chuck Owen, Taj Mahal, Kris Davis and Others

Read "Chuck Owen, Taj Mahal, Kris Davis and Others" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This episode includes a lot of diverse music, including Chuck Owen with the WDR Big Band, Taj Mahal's tuba band, Kris Davis' Diatom Ribbons, and other artists such as Alex Conde, and Ellery Eskelin. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait To Get Back Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry ...

Article: Live Review

Craig Taborn e Borderlands Trio a Roma

Read "Craig Taborn e Borderlands Trio a Roma" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Craig Taborn Solo, Borderlands Trio Casa del Jazz, Parco della Musica Roma 25, 28.11.2023 La fase finale della programmazione d'autunno alla Casa del Jazz di Roma ha offerto l'opportunità dell'ascolto ravvicinato di due tra le personalità al vertice del pianoforte, e della creazione musicale in senso lato, in circolazione oggi. ...


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