February 2, 2011 – 3:36 am

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Germany 2004 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Donaueschinger Musiktage, Donaueschingen, Germany; October 16, 2004. Very good FM broadcast.

There are some jazz artistes with distinctive “voices”. Miles Davis was one of them. Cecil Taylor, on the other hand, defies being pigeonholed. His music has been described as “It’s fast and it’s furious. It’s very nearly incomprehensible…” To some, the pianist-composer is known for the “brilliance and audacious beauty of his music”. And the term “genius” is also seldom far behind.

Try listening to 1985’s Winged Serpent and you might find yourself crushed under the weight of the densely textured free jazz. Even on his solo piece here, one can easily imagine some internal battle raging on.

This was Taylor’s first time in Donaueschingen and the show included solos by Bill Dixon and Tony Oxley but unfortunately the radio station (SWR 2) did not air them. Perhaps these solos will surface one day.

This is what trumpeter Bill Dixon wrote about the gig in allaboutjazz:

In October, I went to Baden Baden, the Donaueschingen Event, at the invitation of Cecil Taylor… The format for the performances had… three solos that preceded a short break that then led into a tutti performance by the trio. Oxley always took the first solo orchestrated to permit him maximum leverage and continuity to reveal the focus of his musical interests and concerns.

I took the second solo which let me, knowing what had preceded my entrance and what was to follow it, work with maximum freedom [and]… paved the way for the next solo which was that of Taylor.

The short period of silence that followed permitted the dynamic of the totality of the trio to come to terms with all that had existed [musically] previously. A fitting way, in my opinion when one is able to understand and appreciate both the freedoms and responsibilities that are resolutely attached to this kind of performance that the uninformed prefer to label, erroneously as “free”.

Thanks to mmader79 who shared the tracks on the internet in 2006.

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Track 01. Announcement (4.5MB)
Track 02. The Appendage of the Neuron (Cecil Taylor solo) (59.5MB)
Track 03. Announcement (3.1MB)
Track 04. Conjunction of the Homologues / Nebethet (32.7MB)
Cecil Taylor - piano
Bill Dixon - trumpet
Tony Oxley - drums

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  1. 3 Responses to “CECIL TAYLOR - GERMANY 2004”

  2. hey bigo, awesome, thanks!!! will get!!!


    By Ed Saad on Feb 2, 2011

  3. hey bigo, i’ve heard cecil isn’t a big fan of “free rules” so i thought i’d better get this, before it disappears. i got a great one a friend sent me a link for, back in the 2009. it’s the legendary quartet of him, william parker, braxton and tony oxley. heavy stuff. i have another one that is just solo cecil and myra melford does an intro. she’s good too. i have a couple cecil cd’s. check out unit structures, conquistador, cell walk for celeste, and i don’t play my tapes much these days, but i have a few.

    myra played piano on todd sickafoose’s blood orange cd release show with carla k, ches smith, nels cline, etc. it took todd almost 5 years, but he finally sent it to me. i have a disc by andrew drury that he sent me called a momentary lapse, and myra plays piano on it.

    who tells the stories i do?


    By Ed Saad on Feb 2, 2011

  4. hey bigo, cecil taylor’s 83rd b-day is today. be nice if you could post a show by him. i rave about the above show.


    By Ed Saad on Mar 26, 2012

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