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Looking (Berlin Version) Corona


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First Movement 01:00:15


Composed by Cecil Taylor.


released June 12, 1991


"On 'Looking,' five worlds move in one orbit. They create group music in the best sense; selfless, mutually supportive, organic." -- Tony Herrington, The Wire

"Well, it is astounding music – as usual, it’s both reticent and in-your-face, and any less than all of it at once is not the way to hear it." -- Ben Ratliff, CODA

"Recorded a couple of days after the similarly titled solo piano performance also released on FMP, Looking (Berlin Version) Corona is a fine quintet concert, notable for the relatively unusual (for Taylor) instrumental grouping employed. In addition to longtime associates Tony Oxley and William Parker, he added a violinist and a cellist (Harald Kimmig and Muneer Abdul Fatah, respectively), forming with Parker a kind of string trio plunked down between the two massive musical forces of nature playing piano and drums. This hornless ensemble creates a very attractive openness of sound, leaving the players a large amount of apparent sonic space in which to improvise freely. Kimmig takes advantage of this early on with some inspired soloing, bringing to mind another violinist briefly affiliated with Taylor, Leroy Jenkins." -- Brian Olewnick, All Music Guide

Cecil Taylor: piano
Harald Kimmig: violin
Muneer Abdul Fataah: cello
William Parker: double bass
Tony Oxley: drums

Recorded live by Holger Scheuermann and Jost Gebers on November 3rd and 4th, 1989, during the Total Music Meeting at the Quartier Latin in Berlin.

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

Booklet design/layout/photos: Jost Gebers.


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