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EXCLUSIVE! (FMP CD 104) http://www.fmp-label.de/fmplabel/catalog2/fmpcd104.html . The third album recorded at 1990's TotalTaylorTotal festival, following the solo Double Holy House and the quartet Nailed, Melancholy presents a rare chance to hear Cecil Taylor taking a large group for a tour of his rarefied musical landscape. Streamlined ensemble passages alternate with wild bursts of sonic roil, as the group works out three takes on Taylor's Sphere compositions. A must for every Cecil Taylor fan!
"Melancholy is an epic event: 60s free jazz refined, clarified and made more vicious by all the work these European free improvisors have done on extended instrumental technique in the intervening decades." -- The Wire
"Add Melancholy to the list of Cecil Taylor's essential recordings." -- Bill Shoemaker, Jazz Times
"Like most of Taylor’s recordings this disc requires vigilant listening to map the topography of all that transpires, but overall the music is highly accessible and the rewards are immediate." -- Derek Taylor, Cadence
"Building from a motif of stark bass notes in the piano, the eight horns chime in following Taylor’s melodic lead; gradually settle upon a riff, and then branch off into exhilarating, Ascension-like polyphony. Gradually, anonymous soloists elbow their way out of the morphing sound mass, and surprises emerge – fanfares, strange drones, even a heroic theme as backdrop for scalding solos." -- Art Lange, e-pulse
Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD: 3 ½ Stars.
All Music Guide: 4 Stars
Cecil Taylor Workshop Ensemble
Tobias Netta: trumpet
Wolfgang Fuchs: sopranino saxophone, bass clarinet
Harri Sjöström: soprano saxophone
Volker Schlott: alto saxophone
Evan Parker: soprano and tenor saxophone
Thomas Klemm: tenor saxophone
Jörg Huke: trombone
Thomas Wiedermann: trombone
Cecil Taylor: piano
Barry Guy: double bass
Tony Oxley: drums
Recorded live by Holger Scheuermann and Jost Gebers on September 30th, 1990, during the concert series TotalTaylorTotal at the Bechstein Concert Hall in Berlin.
Mixed and mastered by Jonas Bergler.
Produced by Jost Gebers
Booklet design/Layout: Jost Gebers.
Photos: front by Dagmar Gebers, inside by Jost Gebers.