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Double Holy House


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    (FMP CD 055)
    A wonderfully unusual album in Cecil Taylor's formidable discography, this combines solo piano with overdubs of percussion and poetry. It's a full melding of various strands of Taylor's art and a must for even casual fans. The Wire says: "Seldom has Cecil sounded so immediate and touching, brittle possibilities rippling out like diamonds. Gorgeous."
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All music and lyrics by Cecil Taylor.


released June 8, 1993


Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD: 4 Stars.

"Double Holy House combines poetry and the piano, and surprisingly enough it works brilliantly. Cecil has loosened up his high-art attack, and now there are moments for suggestive chords and poignant notes. Seldom has Cecil sounded so immediate and touching, brittle possibilities rippling out like diamonds. Gorgeous." - The Wire

"Magnificent, strange and eerily beautiful, the perfect illustration of an approach to time that is not linear but like the inner surface of a sphere where every point is equally visible and reachable from every point." - Brian Morton

"Cecil Taylor’s latest is a piano/voice experiment. While he’s used both before in performance, this is the first time that two separate performances, one of solo piano, the other of poetry, have been superimposed on top of each other. Initially, one might think that this goes against the usual “pure” method of Taylor’s invention. But more and more he has seemed to view these two strains of his art as one. This is the next logical progression. And it is markedly successful." - Cadence

Cecil Taylor: piano, voice, percussion

Recorded live by Holger Scheuermann and Jost Gebers on September 23rd, 1990, during the concert series TaylorTotalTaylor at the Bechstein Concert Hall in Berlin.

Lyrics and percussion recorded by Jost Gebers on September 22nd, 1990, at the FMP-Studio in Berlin.

Mixed by Jost Gebers.
Mastered by Jonas Bergler.
Produced by Jost Gebers

Squash people
Eyes within the voice
Eucalyptus intersection and failure to appear
Feather upon brow

Booklet drawings: Jonas Geist.
Design/Layout: Jost Gebers.
Photos: Dagmar Gebers


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