Thursday, April 8, 2010

Cecil Taylor - Unit Structures (1966)

This man can play some piano. Cecil Taylor brought something different to jazz in that he approached his instrument differently than anyone before him; his piano was almost like a drum to him- he played it like it was percussion; and in the all-encompassing realm of "free jazz", that works to great advantage here. His idea that tiny fragments of previously rehearsed songs (called "unit structures") could be improvised up into fully realized songs.

So here's Taylor's Unit Structures, a ferocious blend of high-energy and atonal "out sounds"...

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