Welcome to this beautiful and amazing document of Cecil Taylor with his musicians. It is sometimes as if it is a dance.
This video document of the 1991 version of the Cecil Taylor Unit was recorded at the National Video Industries studio, and not in a live concert performance. Across a span of 50 minutes, the quartet explores the improvisational concept of the leader that is more involved with an organism breathing, pumping fluids, and exploring life’s possibilities than caring about conventional music structures. Yet in a way, Taylor has established his own parameters, signature sounds, and patterns of being. His revolutionary approach is perfectly captured on the three selections present. The video is artistically done, but not at the expense of the music, which is also produced cleanly. [read more]
Recorded at National Video Industries, NYC
1. Poles [10:20]
2. The Silence of Trees [30:50]
3. For (1st Part) [7:10]
Cecil Taylor – Piano / William Parker – Bass / Tony Oxley – Drums / Henry Martinez – Percussion
Mystic Fire Video 76240 (VHS), 1991)