Reissue and 2015 remaster of Cecil Taylor's superb live set at Grosser Saal Volkshaus, in Basel, Switzerland in 1981, performing solo over three extended improvisations, presented for the first time in the original concert sequence.
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Catalog ID: Hatology719
Squidco Product Code: 20023
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded live at Grosser Saal Volkshaus, in Basel, Switzerland, on November 16th, 1981, by Peter Pfister.
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1. Elell 26:54
2. Garden I 11:19
3. Stepping On Stairs 8:58
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"Nature neither ages nor stays the same, it recycles and thus re-identifies itself perpetually, and we continually experience it from a new perspective. Likewise with Art; therefore it'simpossible not to hear the music of Cecil Taylor - akin to a force of Nature - with different ears 34 years on. Similarities may be recognized, a few details confirmed, but the response must embrace meaningful change, or the music, and the recipient, are not alive, cavorting in the same time/space sensibility.
The garden that is re-invigorated and re-defined does not die. Taylor's choice of the garden to represent this 1981 performance has its roots in his longstanding belief that creativity is the ever-present condition of Nature (in our case, Life), and that his music in particular grew (and continues to grow) out of a personal engagement with the blues - a music, metaphorically, of the soil, grounded in the legacy of African Americans - and specifically an awareness of the innovative transformational powers of Duke Ellington. As he explained in the 1960s to A.B. Spellman (Black Music: Four Lives, Schocken Books),
"-Art LangeSee also Garden Set 1