Cecil Taylor

In Transition

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This double-LP from 1975 reissues all of the music from the two early Cecil Taylor records, Jazz Advance and Love for Sale. When this set was more readily available, it served as the perfect introduction to Taylor's forbidding music for, in addition to his originals, there are four songs by Cole Porter and one apiece from Thelonious Monk ("Bemsha Swing"), Duke Ellington ("Azure"), and Gus Arnheim ("Sweet and Lovely"), allowing one to hear traces of the pianist's roots. While the first half of the two-fer matches Taylor with bassist Buell Neidlinger, drummer Dennis Charles and (on two of the seven songs) soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, the later date (which includes the previously unissued "Carol/Three Points") finds Taylor leading a group comprised of Neidlinger (the liners inaccurately state Chris White), drummer Rudy Collins, and (on three of the six pieces) trumpeter Ted Curson and tenor saxophonist Bill Barron. These sessions were the genesis of Cecil Taylor's unique music.

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