REVIEW: The Complete, Legendary, Live Return Concert by Cecil Taylor – The Wall Street Journal

February 14, 2022Press Reel, Reviews

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

REVIEW: Deanna Witkowski’s ‘Force of Nature’ – WDCB

February 11, 2022Press Reel, Reviews

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

February 11, 2022Features, Press Reel, Radio/Podcasts

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