"The most interesting thing about this pairing is the contrast in styles. Unlike an Oxley or a Han Bennink, Lovens is a drummer of nuance and often subtlety. His percussive methodology is based on mannerism and intricate execution to offer color, shape, and depth to whomever he's accompanying. What this meant for Taylor, as becomes obvious within the first three or four minutes here, is that Taylor has to adjust his own playing for this to work. His opening volley is soft and elegant; Lovens reacts accordingly by playing softly but in triple time, creating a tension. By Lovens' articulation of speed and softness, Taylor realigns his own playing and, as a result, spaciousness not normally present on his recordings appears in the middle of the mix. In that space is a percussive lyricism so beautiful and so pronounced that it's hard to believe everybody doesn't play this way. Regalia is a rare find for Taylor aficionados, and a true showcase of the genius two men can display when they are open to change musically and personally."
- Thom Jurek, All Music Guide
"Regalia" is one of five pairings between Cecil Taylor and a drummer taken from his epic residence in Berlin in the summer of 1988. In this case, the drummer is German free-jazz notable Paul Lovens and while the concert tends to get short-shifted in reviews in comparison to the others, it's an excellent outing that ranks among the best CT concerts." - Joe Pierre
Cecil Taylor: piano
Paul Lovens: selected drums and cymbals
All music by Cecil Taylor & Paul Lovens.
Recorded live by Eberhard Bingel & Jost Gebers during IMPROVISED MUSIC II/88 on June 26th, 1988, at the Kongresshalle in Berlin.
Mixed by Jost Gebers.
Mastered by Jonas Bergler.
Produced by Jost Gebers.