180 Gram Gatefold LP
A pioneer of free jazz, Cecil Taylor (1929-2018) was one of the most controversial and debated figures in jazz. Despite a host of detractors, the pianist always had his followers and in certain jazz circles he is regarded as a legendary figure. The World of Cecil Taylor was the pianist’s first LP for the short-lived Candid label. Cecil Taylor’s work for the label took place during the first years of his career as a leader. At the time he taped The World of Cecil Taylor, he had only recorded four albums: Jazz Advance (1956), Looking Ahead! (1958), Hard Driving Jazz (1958) with John Coltrane, and Love for Sale (1959). Some of the numbers the pianist chose to release were improvised one-takes, while others were tried various times. The most notable case is that of “Air”, for which 29 takes were needed in order to produce the master take approved by Taylor.
1 AIR (Cecil Taylor) 8:39
2 THIS NEARLY WAS MINE
(Richard Rodgers-Oscar Hammerstein II) 10:50
3 PORT OF CALL (Cecil Taylor) 4:20
1 E.B. (Cecil Taylor) 9:56
2 LAZY AFTERNOON (Jerome Moross-John Latouche) 14:53
CECIL TAYLOR, piano
ARCHIE SHEPP, tenor sax (on “Air” and “Lazy Afternoon” only)
BUELL NEIDLINGER, bass
DENNIS CHARLES, drums
New York, October 12 (A2 & B1-B2) & October 13 (A1, A3), 1960.