Cecil Taylor – Number One, take 2 (1960)

From the album Air  by Cecil Taylor , recorded 12th October 1960 NYC.

Air is an album by Cecil Taylor recorded for the Candid label in October 1960. The album features performances by Taylor with Archie Shepp, Buell Neidlinger,Denis Charles and Sunny Murray on alternate takes of material released on The World of Cecil Taylor (1960). The allmusic review by Brian Olewnick states “One can only imagine what the reaction of the average jazz fan was in 1960 when this session was recorded. This is a wonderful document from early in Taylor’s career, when he was midway between modernist approaches to standard material and his own radical experiments that would come to full fruition a few years hence… A classic recording that belongs in anyone’s collection” [source]

Cecil Taylor – Piano
Archie Shepp – Tenor Saxophone
Buell Neidlinger – Bass
Dennis Charles – Drums  (Sunny Murray – Drums on Number One, take 1)




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