333

Cecil Taylor & Italian Instabile Orchestra: The Owner Of The River Bank

Jerry D'Souza By

Sign in to view read count
Cecil Taylor & Italian Instabile Orchestra: The Owner Of The River Bank The Italian Instabile Orchestra played two concerts at the Talos Festival in Ruva di Puglia in 2000, celebrating its tenth anniversary. Cecil Taylor wrote the music, if it can be called writing, for he brought in paper with symbols, words and shapes to the rehearsals. This work in progress began to ferment over the next three days. Ideas came from Taylor, who encouraged the other musicians to ignite their own. Impulse interacted with heart and soul and mind, and from that febrile melting pot came a suite filled with passion and drama.

The work is in seven movements and goes just past an hour. Both Taylor and the Orchestra are not votaries of conventional harmony. Taylor sets up the soundscape with the strings in oleaginous flow, the horns coming in to twitter, the rhythm scattershot. The eddying eye of the timbre whirls giddily as the horns rip in with caterwaul and coil the driving forces. The diminuendo comes in, drums, a skeetering horn, the soft notes of the piano filtering in and through. The Orchestra has a penchant for using voices in full throated animation. These players' trait does not escape them, and in giving vent to it they wrap themselves around the trajectory of the instruments. Taylor splashes colour across a divergent canvas in the fourth movement, on which he gives himself plenty of room. He is poetry in motion, in free verse. Some of this can be seen on the video track.

Creativity is the force, the musicians its diviners.

Visit Justin Time on the web.


Track Listing: 1-7

Personnel: Cecil Taylor

Title: The Owner Of The River Bank | Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: Enja Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read I Believe In You CD/LP/Track Review I Believe In You
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 18, 2017
Read Morning Sun CD/LP/Track Review Morning Sun
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 18, 2017
Read The Conscience CD/LP/Track Review The Conscience
by John Sharpe
Published: August 18, 2017
Read Harlem CD/LP/Track Review Harlem
by James Nadal
Published: August 18, 2017
Read Open Book CD/LP/Track Review Open Book
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: August 17, 2017
Read Stolen Moments CD/LP/Track Review Stolen Moments
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 17, 2017
Read "Das Wohltemperierte Akkordeon" CD/LP/Track Review Das Wohltemperierte Akkordeon
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: July 12, 2017
Read "Shovel Down" CD/LP/Track Review Shovel Down
by Doug Collette
Published: December 18, 2016
Read "That Feelin'" CD/LP/Track Review That Feelin'
by Jack Bowers
Published: October 7, 2016
Read "Afro-Caribbean Mixtape" CD/LP/Track Review Afro-Caribbean Mixtape
by Mark F. Turner
Published: June 27, 2017
Read "Solstice" CD/LP/Track Review Solstice
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: October 30, 2016
Read "Blackwater" CD/LP/Track Review Blackwater
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: September 27, 2016

Sponsor: JANA PROJECT | LEARN MORE  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.