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Should still shine under a light, but one or two marks may show up when tilted.
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some signs of use (although not major ones).
May have slight surface noise when played.
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A classic live set by Cecil Taylor – easily one of his best-remembered albums of the 70s! The group here is a sextet – with Taylor on piano, Jimmy Lyons on alto, Raphe Malik on trumpet, Ramsey Ameen on violin, Sirone on bass, and Ronald Shannon Jackson on drums – all working ... LP, Vinyl record album
Part 3 of a classic live set that has Cecil playing with Sam Rivers, Jimmy Lyons, and Andrew Cyrille. The group perform "The Second Act Of A" (part 3), and the piece takes up both sides of the record, with a quick fadeout at the end of side 1. Rivers alternates between tenor and soprano ... LP, Vinyl record album
Part 2 of a classic live set that has Cecil playing with Sam Rivers, Jimmy Lyons, and Andrew Cyrille. The group perform "The Second Act Of A" (part 2), and the piece takes up both sides of the record, with a quick fadeout at the end of side 1. Rivers alternates between tenor and soprano ... LP, Vinyl record album
The Cecil Taylor Unit here is composed of Taylor, Jimmy Lyons on alto, Raphe Malik on trumpet, Ramsey Ameen on violin, Sirone on bass, and Ronald Shannon Jackson on drums. The three songs performed are "Idut", "Serdab", and the nearly 30 minute-long "Holiday En Masque" LP, Vinyl record album
Cecil Taylor's definitely Looking Ahead here – pushing jazz piano very strongly into the 60s with his modernist tones – yet still working with a bit more restraint than in the next decade! The style here is quite unusual – and almost more fresh than the Taylor sound of later ... LP, Vinyl record album
A mystical solo performance by Cecil Taylor – not nearly as frenetic as some of his other work of the time! The setting is a studio one, and in the intimate space, Taylor delivers some of his compelling poetry – almost as lyrically jagged and dynamic as his famous piano lines on other ... LP, Vinyl record album
The record features Cecil's Segments II Orchestra Of Two Continents – with trumpets by Enrico Rava and Tomasz Stanko, bass by William Parker, drums by Rashied Bakr and Andre Martinez, and saxes by John Tchicai, Frank Wright, and Jimmy Lyons. Titles include "Winged Serpent", "Wo ... LP, Vinyl record album
This is the great Blue Note two-fer from the 70's that combines two rare Cecil Taylor albums from the 50's – one recorded for the Transition label, one for United Artists. First up is Jazz Advance – one of the best pre-1960 sessions by Cecil Taylor, recorded in Boston in 1956, and ... LP, Vinyl record album
A pretty great and very strange album by avant pianist Dave Burrell! Side one features an extended tune called "West Side Story", which is basically a medley of tunes from the musical, played with a nice dark edge by Burrell and a trio, plus additional tambourine work by Pharoah Sanders! ... LP, Vinyl record album
This beautiful record features 2 different recordings of an extended piece that Braxton wrote especially for a trio ensemble – and one recording features Braxton with Henry Threadgill and Douglas Ewart, the other features him with Roscoe Mitchell and Joseph Jarman. Both recordings feature ... LP, Vinyl record album
Live solo work by Roland Hanna – a set that starts out kind of slow, as Hanna performs 2 Ellington crowd-pleasers – but which then really takes off as he moves into his own beautiful compositions! These really have Hanna unfolding on the keys, and playing with a rich lyrical quality ... LP, Vinyl record album
No panic here – just tightly-crafted jazz, and one of the better RCA small combo sessions of the 50's! Trumpeter Nick Travis leads the group in that well-honed style that RCA was carving at the time – work that was as arranged as much of the recordings coming out of the west coast, but ... LP, Vinyl record album