The Cecil Taylor Unit s/t (New World) 1978
Late 70s sextet action from Taylor: expressive, propulsive, and (thank you Andre Breton) convulsively beautiful. I feel silly trying to write about Taylor's music; it is a monolithic structure, but there are many doors. Jubilant, life music. Tonight I'm following Sirone way down the neck of his bass to meet Ramsey Ameen's violin. Raphé Malik and Jimmy Lyons spill joy over Ronald Shannon Jackson's rhythm matrix. And at the center and periphery at the same time is CT, constantly feeding his unit and, as the truly great liners proclaim, "blast[ing] inscriptions on that wall of sound." Part of the Rockefeller Foundation-funded Recorded Anthology of American Music.
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