Cecil Taylor – Air (1960)

Originaly released on the album The World of Cecil Taylor .

Cecil Taylor – Piano / Archie Sheep – Sax / Buell Neidlinger – Bass / Denis Charles – Drums



Cecil Taylor – Burning Poles (VHS (Video) (1991)

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)

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Cecil Taylor – I (Sister Young’n) (1980)

I (Sister Young’n) is last track on side A on the album Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly! by Cecil Taylor.

The album features eight solo piano performances by Taylor.  The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow states “This solo album by Cecil Taylor is a little unusual in that he performs eight originals, some of which are quite concise; “T (Beautiful Young’n)” is only 53 seconds long. That is not to imply that the pianist’s music had suddenly mellowed with age but his lyricism is emphasized a bit more than usual and he sometimes sounds quite relaxed (without compromising his music) [source]

Cecil Taylor: Piano


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)



Cecil Taylor – Silent Tongues (Full Album) (1974)

Silent Tongues is a live album by Cecil Taylor on solo piano recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival on July 2 in 1974. It features Taylor’s five-movement work “Silent Tongues” along with two encores.

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album five stars stating: “To simplify in explaining what he was doing at this point of time, it can be said that Taylor essentially plays the piano like a drum set, creating percussive and thunderous sounds that are otherworldly and full of an impressive amount of energy and atonal ideas. Many listeners will find these performances to be quite difficult but it is worth the struggle to open up one’s perceptions as to what music can be”. [source]

All compositions by Cecil Taylor

1. “Abyss (First Movement)”, “Petals and Filaments (Second Movement)”,  “Jitney (Third Movement)” – 18:23  / 3. “Crossing Part 1 (Fourth Movement Part 1)” – 8:36 / 4. “Crossing Part 2 (Fourth Movement Part 2)” – 10:00 / 5. “After All (Fifth Movement)” – 9:59 / 6. “Jitney No. 2” – 4:11 / 7. “After All No. 2” – 2:50

Piano played by Cecil Taylor.