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Cyrille, Andrew / William Parker / Enrico Rava: 2 Blues For Cecil (Tum)

Focusing on two collective improvisations for pianist Cecil Taylor, three renowned improvisers who worked with Taylor in his groups and ensembles--drummer Andrew Cyrille, double bassist William Parker and flugelhornist Enrico Rava--each bring original compositions alongside one jazz standard to this well-balanced album of consummate, creative jazz.
 

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UPC: 6430015280595

Label: Tum
Catalog ID: TUM 59
Squidco Product Code: 31429

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Finland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels w/ booklet
Recorded at Studios Ferber in Paris, France, on February 1st, and 2nd, 2021, by Ludovic Lanen and Mathieu Lefevre.


Personnel:

Enrico Rava-flugelhorn

William Parker-double bass

Andrew Cyrille-drums

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"Enrico Rava (born 20 August 1939), is an Italian jazz trumpeter. He started on trombone, then changed to the trumpet after hearing Miles Davis.

His first commercial work was as a member of Gato Barbieri's Italian quintet in the mid-1960s; in the late 1960s he was a member of Steve Lacy's group. In 1967, Rava moved to New York City and, one month later, became a member of the group Gas Mask, which had one album released on Tonsil Records in 1970.

In the 1970s and 1980s, he worked with John Abercrombie, Andrea Centazzo, Gil Evans, Richard Galliano, Joe Henderson, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, Michel Petrucciani, Cecil Taylor, and Miroslav Vitouš. He has also worked with Carla Bley, Lee Konitz, Jeanne Lee, Paul Motian, and Roswell Rudd. Chiefly an exponent of bebop jazz, Rava has also played in avant-garde jazz settings.

With trumpeter Paolo Fresu, Rava recorded four albums on the influence of Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong, Chet Baker, and Miles Davis. Also of note are his albums Rava, L'Opera Va' and Carmen, which are his interpretations of operatic arias and overtures. In 2001, he founded a quintet with pianist Stefano Bollani and toured with Gato Barbieri and Aldo Romano. In the trio Europeans, he worked with Eberhard Weber and Swiss percussionist Reto Weber.

In June 2005, Rava was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music at the twentieth anniversary of jazz education at the Umbria Jazz Festival, in Perugia, Italy."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enrico_Rava)
5/18/2022

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"William Parker is a bassist, improviser, composer, writer, and educator from New York City, heralded by The Village Voice as, "the most consistently brilliant free jazz bassist of all time."

In addition to recording over 150 albums, he has published six books and taught and mentored hundreds of young musicians and artists.

Parker's current bands include the Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra, In Order to Survive, Raining on the Moon, Stan's Hat Flapping in the Wind, and the Cosmic Mountain Quartet with Hamid Drake, Kidd Jordan, and Cooper-Moore. Throughout his career he has performed with Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, Milford Graves, and David S. Ware, among others."

-William Parker Website (http://www.williamparker.net/)
5/18/2022

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"Andrew Charles Cyrille (born November 10, 1939) is an American avant-garde jazz drummer. Throughout his career, he has performed both as a leader and a sideman in the bands of Walt Dickerson and Cecil Taylor, among others.

Cyrille was born on November 10, 1939, in Brooklyn, New York into a Haitian family. He began studying science at St. John's University, but was already playing jazz in the evenings and switched his studies to the Juilliard School. His first drum teachers were fellow Brooklyn-based drummers Willie Jones and Lenny McBrowne; through them, Cyrille met Max Roach. Nonetheless, Cyrille became a disciple of Philly Joe Jones, who in some performances such as Time Waits used Cyrille's drum kit.

His first professional engagement was as an accompanist of singer Nellie Lutcher, and he had an early recording session with Coleman Hawkins. Trumpeter Ted Curson introduced him to pianist Cecil Taylor when Cyrille was 18.

He joined the Cecil Taylor unit in 1964, and stayed for about 10 years, eventually performing drum duos with Milford Graves. In addition to recording as a bandleader, he has recorded and/or performed with musicians such as David Murray, Irène Schweizer, Marilyn Crispell, Carla Bley, Butch Morris and Reggie Workman among others. Cyrille is currently a member of the group, Trio 3, with Oliver Lake and Reggie Workman."

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5/18/2022

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track listing:


1. Improvisation No. 1 10:55

2. Ballerina 6:32

3. Blues For Cecil No. 1 10:09

4. Improvisation No. 2 6:28

5. Top, Bottom And What's In The Middle 7:18

6. Blues For Cecil No. 2 8:42

7. Enrava Melody 5:32

8. Overboard 5:49

9. Machu Picchu 5:40

10. My Funny Valentine 3:10
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"2 Blues For Cecil features three legends of modern improvised music, trumpeter Enrico Rava, bassist William Parker and drummer Andrew Cyrille. Rava and Cyrille are among the elders of improvised music with their careers going back to the 1960s whereas Parker rose to prominence during New York's loft jazz era of the 1970s. Other than this, they share one major link in their respective careers. Namely, they all have, at various times, been members of late pianist Cecil Taylor's Unit or other ensembles.

Enrico Rava, William Parker and Andrew Cyrille first performed together as a trio in tribute to Cecil Taylor, with Taylor himself present, at the Whitney museum in April 2016 as part of an exhibit/program under the heading "Open Plan: Cecil Taylor."

2 Blues For Cecil was recorded on February 1 and 2 at Studio Ferber in Paris following the trio's concert on December 31, 2020 under the heading "Tribute to Cecil Taylor" as part of the Sons D'Hiver festival."-TUM Records



"Finland's TUM Records wrapped up 2021 with a free jazz flourish, releasing trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith's Great Lakes Quartet's stellar box set, The Chicago Symphonies and also Smith's masterful A Love Sonnet For Billie Holiday. The momentum continued in January 2022 with the label's release of The OGJB Quartet's Ode To O and-the subject of this review-2 Blues For Cecil, from drummer Andrew Cyrille, bassist William Parker and trumpeter & flugelhornist Enrico Rava.

All three players here are major league jazz artists, with pedigrees in the art of improvisation which date from the '60s-for Cyrille and Rava- and the '70s, in the case of Parker. This first recorded collaboration of the trio is a celebration of another superb improviser-maybe the boldest ever in this regard-pianist Cecil Taylor (1929 -2018).

Cyrille's roots run to his work in the Cecil Taylor bands, including his contribution to the free jazz pianist's groundbreaking Unit Structures (Blue Note, 1966). Parker played in a later version of the Taylor group and, as with Cyrille, his tenure there lasted more than a decade. A bit less connected is Rava, who played on Winged Serpent (Sliding Quadrants, 1984) with Cecil Taylor's Orchestra Of Two Continents.

This trio does not try to match the scattershot, free flying wildness of Taylor. Their approach is a measured and spacious thing. Where Taylor sent piano notes and the collective cacophonies of his bands colliding off the quasars in the furthest reaches of the galaxy, Cyrille, Parker and Rava have found a closer star and set up a steady orbit, presenting four tracks of patiently played out collective improvisation, with two tunes written by Rava (who plays flugelhorn here) and one from Cyrille's pen, before wrapping up the show with a standard, "My Funny Valentine."

"Blues For Cecil No.1" finds a smooth-rolling groove, with Rava's resonant flugelhorn moving fluidly inside the drum and bass momentum. "Blues For Cecil No. 2" unfolds in a similar fashion, in a Miles Davis, L'Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud (Fontana, 1958) mode, a beautiful, capacious nod to the artistry of a legend."-Dan Mcclenaghan, All About Jazz


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