Jazz Advance

Last updated
Jazz Advance
Jazz Advance.jpg
Studio album by
Released1956
RecordedSeptember 14, 1956 Boston
Genre Jazz
Label Transition
Producer Tom Wilson
Cecil Taylor chronology
Jazz Advance
(1956)
At Newport
(1958)

Jazz Advance is the debut album by pianist Cecil Taylor recorded for the Transition label in September 1956. The album features performances by Taylor with Buell Neidlinger, Denis Charles and Steve Lacy.

Contents

Music

The album contains three Taylor originals, three standards, and one standard-to-be, Thelonious Monk's "Bemsha Swing", first recorded only four years before Taylor's version. This track is played "cryptically and succinctly, the lines breaking up into jagged fragments and jutting chords". "Charge 'Em Blues" is in 4/4 time. The chords and light treble playing towards the beginning of "Azure" are similar to the sound of Abdullah Ibrahim, but then "the cross-rhythmic improvised piano patterns clattering chords typical of later Taylor emerge". [1]

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svg [2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg [3]

The Penguin Guide to Jazz selected this album as part of its suggested "Core Collection", stating "Taylor's first record remains one of the most extraordinary debuts in jazz, and for 1956 it's an incredible effort." [3] The Allmusic review by Michael G. Nastos states "Though many did not understand his approach at the time, the passing years temper scathing criticism, and you can easily appreciate what he is accomplishing... With Jazz Advance, the revolution commenced, Taylor was setting the pace, and the improvised music world has never been the same. For challenged listeners, this CD has to be high on your must have list". [4] The album was identified by Chris Kelsey in his AllMusic essay "Free Jazz: A Subjective History" as one of the 20 Essential Free Jazz Albums. [5]

Track listing

All compositions by Cecil Tayor except as indicated
  1. "Bemsha Swing" (Denzil Best, Thelonious Monk) – 7:29
  2. "Charge 'Em Blues" – 11:07
  3. "Azure" (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills) – 7:29
  4. "Song" – 5:21
  5. "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" (Cole Porter) – 9:18
  6. "Rick Kick Shaw" – 6:06
  7. "Sweet and Lovely" (Gus Arnheim, Jules LeMare, Harry Tobias) – 6:36
Recorded in Boston on September 14, 1956

Personnel

Related Research Articles

Cecil Taylor

Cecil Percival Taylor was an American pianist and poet.

<i>Brilliant Corners</i> 1957 studio album by Thelonious Monk

Brilliant Corners is a studio album by American jazz musician Thelonious Monk. It was his third album for Riverside Records, and the first, for this label, to include his own compositions. The complex title track required over a dozen takes in the studio.

Buell Neidlinger was an American cellist and double bassist. He has worked with a variety of pop and jazz performers, prominently with iconoclastic pianist Cecil Taylor in the 1950s and '60s.

Denis Charles was a jazz drummer.

<i>Soprano Sax</i> (Steve Lacy album) 1958 studio album by Steve Lacy

Soprano Sax is the debut album by Steve Lacy which was released on the Prestige label in 1958. It features performances by Lacy, Wynton Kelly, Buell Neidlinger and Dennis Charles.

<i>Reflections</i> (Steve Lacy album) 1959 studio album by Steve Lacy

Reflections is the second album by Steve Lacy which was released on the Prestige label in 1959. It features performances of Thelonious Monk's compositions by Lacy, Mal Waldron, Buell Neidlinger and Elvin Jones.

<i>The Straight Horn of Steve Lacy</i> 1961 studio album by Steve Lacy

The Straight Horn of Steve Lacy is the third album by Steve Lacy and the first to be released on the Candid label in 1961. It features performances of tunes written by Thelonious Monk, Cecil Taylor and Miles Davis by Lacy, Charles Davis, John Ore and Roy Haynes.

<i>Only Monk</i> 1987 studio album by Steve Lacy

Only Monk is the third album by Steve Lacy to be released on the Italian Soul Note label. It features solo performances of nine tunes written by Thelonious Monk by Lacy. It is the second solo album composed totally of Monk's compositions recorded by Lacy following Eronel (1979) and follows a tradition established on Lacy's second album Reflections (1958) and Epistrophy (1969).

<i>New York City R&B</i> 1961 studio album by Buell Neidlinger / Cecil Taylor

New York City R&B is a 1961 free jazz album originally recorded at a session by bassist Buell Neidlinger but subsequently reissued under joint names with the pianist Cecil Taylor. It was produced by Nat Hentoff. The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow states "This music is quite advanced for the period although more accessible to the average listener than Taylor's later recordings; at least one can hear his connection to the bebop tradition and to Duke Ellington".

<i>Air</i> (Cecil Taylor album) 1988 studio album by Cecil Taylor

Air is an album by Cecil Taylor recorded for the Candid label in October 1960. The album features performances by Taylor with Archie Shepp, Buell Neidlinger, Denis Charles and Sunny Murray on alternate takes of material released on The World of Cecil Taylor (1960).

<i>The World of Cecil Taylor</i> 1961 studio album by Cecil Taylor

The World of Cecil Taylor is an album by Cecil Taylor recorded for the Candid label in October 1960. The album features performances by Taylor with Archie Shepp, Buell Neidlinger and Denis Charles. Alternate takes from these sessions were released on Air in 1987. A 1971 reissue of the original album on the Barnaby label was also titled Air.

<i>Cell Walk for Celeste</i> 1988 studio album by Cecil Taylor

Cell Walk for Celeste is an album by Cecil Taylor recorded for the Candid label in January 1961 but not released until 1988. The album features performances by Taylor with Archie Shepp, Buell Neidlinger and Denis Charles. Additional recordings from these sessions were released on New York City R&B in 1971 and Jumpin' Punkins in 1987.

<i>Jumpin Punkins</i> 1977 studio album by Cecil Taylor

Jumpin' Punkins is an album by Cecil Taylor recorded for the Candid label in January 1961 but not issued in the States until 1987. The first release was in Japan by Victor in 1977 as Cecil Taylor All Stars Featuring Buell Neidlinger. The album features performances by Taylor with Archie Shepp, Buell Neidlinger and Denis Charles with Billy Higgins, Clark Terry, Roswell Rudd, Steve Lacy and Charles Davis added on one track. Additional recordings from these sessions were released on New York City R&B in 1971 and Cell Walk for Celeste in 1988.

<i>At Newport</i> (Cecil Taylor and Gigi Gryce album) 1958 live album by The Gigi Gryce–Donald Byrd Jazz Laboratory and The Cecil Taylor Quartet

At Newport is a live album by the Gigi Gryce–Donald Byrd Jazz Laboratory and the Cecil Taylor Quartet recorded for the Verve label at the Newport Jazz Festival in July 1957. The original LP album featured one side of performances by Taylor with Buell Neidlinger, Denis Charles and Steve Lacy and the other by Gryce, Byrd, Hank Jones, Wendell Marshall, and Osie Johnson.

<i>Looking Ahead!</i> 1959 studio album by Cecil Taylor

Looking Ahead! is the second album by pianist Cecil Taylor, recorded for the Contemporary label in June 1958. The album features performances by Taylor with Buell Neidlinger, Denis Charles, and Earl Griffith.

<i>Love for Sale</i> (Cecil Taylor album) 1959 studio album by Cecil Taylor

Love for Sale is an album by pianist Cecil Taylor recorded for the United Artists label in April 1959. The album features performances by Taylor with Buell Neidlinger, and Denis Charles with Bill Barron and Ted Curson added on three tracks.

<i>Six Monks Compositions (1987)</i> 1987 studio album by Anthony Braxton

Six Monk's Compositions (1987) is an album by American saxophonist and composer Anthony Braxton recorded in 1987 for the Italian Black Saint label. The album features Braxton's interpretations of compositions by Thelonious Monk.

<i>Bemsha Swing</i> (album) 1997 live album by Woody Shaw

Bemsha Swing is a live album led by trumpeter Woody Shaw which was recorded in Detroit in 1986 but not released on the Blue Note label until 1997.

<i>Monks Casino</i> 2005 live album by Alexander von Schlippenbach

Monk's Casino is a live album by German free jazz pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach featuring the complete compositions of Thelonious Monk recorded in Germany in 2003-04 for the Intakt label. According to the liner notes by critic John Corbett, Monk's Casino is the first ever comprehensive recording project to include all Monk's songs.

<i>Focus</i> (Chico Freeman album) 1995 studio album by Chico Freeman

Focus is an album by American jazz saxophonist Chico Freeman featuring Arthur Blythe recorded in 1994 and released on the Contemporary label.

References

  1. Fordham, John (July 11, 2008) "Cecil Taylor, Jazz Advance" The Guardian.
  2. Allmusic Review
  3. 1 2 Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 1379-80. ISBN   978-0-141-03401-0.
  4. Nastos, M. G. Allmusic Review accessed July 9, 2009.
  5. Kelsey, Chris. "Free Jazz: A Subjective History". AllMusic . Archived from the original on November 7, 2010. Retrieved May 15, 2020.