TAYLOR, Cecil.

Cecil Taylor.

Japan: BYG Records, 1973 Stock Code: 144517
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Signed cleanly by the great avant-garde pianist in blue ball-point pen on the front cover. This is the first pressing of one of Taylor's standout releases from this period, recorded in Paris on 30 November 1966, and subsequently released as The Great Paris Concert on both the Freedom and Black Lion labels.

"By the time of his Paris concert, Cecil Taylor's quartet had reached a particularly high level of musical communication. Not only did altoist Jimmy Lyons (whose sound but not choice of notes was sometimes close to Charlie Parker's) find a place for himself in the dense ensembles, but one can hear him and the pianist/leader echoing each other's phrases in spots. The greatly underrated Alan Silva (on the evidence of this record) was one of Taylor's strongest bassists, at times bowing with the ferocity of a horn; in addition, the flexible drummer Andrew Cyrille "battles" Taylor quite successfully. Most surprising is the use of space during the first part of "Student Studies" and the various sounds utilized on "Amplitude," predating the innovations of the Art Ensemble of Chicago. A very interesting set, recommended for the open-eared" (AllMusic).

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2 12-inch vinyl LPs (BYG YX-4003 – 4), new plain paper sleeves (original sleeves and separate liner notes in Japanese also present), original gatefold album cover.


Some shelf wear, bumps at extremities of spine, front panel split at head, yet remains very presentable; a few light abrasions to discs otherwise very good.


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