by Alan Scherstuhl, The New York Times “Recorded at the Town Hall in New York on Nov. 4, 1973, the music gushes as if it were an uncapped fireplug. Previously unreleased, the relentless 88-minute track ‘Autumn/Parade’ catches the inexhaustible Cecil Taylor Unit in the grip of one revelation after another, playing free jazz, a style … Read More
Month: February 2022
REVIEWS: Albums From Oscar Hernández, Mathis Picard, Deanna Witkowski and Bill O’Connell
by John Chacona, Let’s Call This In his latest ‘Roll Call,’ John Chacona reviews new records from LLP clients Oscar Hernández, Mathis Picard, Deanna Witkowski and Bill O’Connell. Read the reviews here.
REVIEW: The Complete, Legendary, Live Return Concert by Cecil Taylor – The Wall Street Journal
by Martin Johnson, The Wall Street Journal “Cecil Taylor (1929-2018) is the most influential jazz pianist of the late 20th century. Some of today’s leading keyboard masters, including Kris Davis, Vijay Iyer, Matthew Shipp and Craig Taborn, cite him as a cornerstone influence. Yet some of the major early, evolutionary chapters of Taylor’s unique style—which … Read More
TAKE FIVE: Somi’s ‘Love Tastes Like Strawberries’ featuring Gregory Porter is out now – WBGO
by Nate Chinen, WBGO “What does devotion sound like? One vivid answer to that question can be found in a forthcoming album by singer-songwriter and playwright SOMI, titled Zenzile: The Reimagination of Miriam Makeba.” Read the Valentine’s Day-themed Take Five here.
REVIEW: Cecil Taylor’s ‘The Complete, Legendary, Live Return Concert’ – Jazz Journal
by Andy Hamilton, Jazz Journal The 1973 concert that marked the pianist’s return to the stage is issued in full for the first time, giving first exposure to the unissued first half “This concert certainly is legendary.” Read the complete review here.
REVIEW: Deanna Witkowski’s ‘Force of Nature’ – WDCB
by Paul Abella, WDCB “Deanna Witkowski, if you’re not aware, is a powerhouse of a pianist with some local roots. A student of the prestigious Wheaton Conservatory, Witkowski is a skilled pianist with classical chops, a background in church music and a deep love of Jazz. Those three pieces all come together beautifully in this … Read More
PODCAST: Cecil Taylor’s ‘The Complete, Legendary, Live Return Concert’ Featured Episode on Jazz United Podcast – WBGO
by Greg Bryant, Nate Chinen, WBGO “Cecil Taylor’s intensity at the piano conjured a musical sorcery stretching far beyond himself or his collaborators. In a 1975 interview with Boston Public Television, he said: ‘The purpose of the music is to achieve a levitation or a trance which is the existence beyond the normal existence.’” Listen to … Read More
REVIEW: Lennie Tristano Personal Recordings 1946-1970 – Financial Times
by Mike Hobart, Financial Times “A compelling, if somewhat specialist, release.” Read the 4-star review here.