Friday, July 13, 2007

In Celebration: Cecil Taylor... Anthony Braxton... Ornette Coleman...

Back home in God's Little Acre, pondering the music from the last few days... interestingly, on Night after Night, a commenter (scroll down) said that he thought the Taylor/Braxton show was boring... Maybe I am mad... But each to his or her own. Here's Anthony Hawkin's review for another angle. Thanks to be.jazz for these links (and the one to my review). I'm off to see the Pet Shop Boys at Newmarket racecourse in a couple of weeks with my friend Rachel – who feels the way about them that I do about Cecil – whom I suspect she would hate... It goes round...

As a small celebration – here are tracks from Taylor, Braxton and Ornette. Without much chat – I am on the clock today. First: I offer the gloriously titled 'Womb Waters Scent of the Burning Armadillo Shell.' Played by an 11 piece in 1985, this is Cecil leading the way with a raucously beautiful performance. Begins on a stabbing repeated bluesy figure and proceeds into a dense, multilayered extravaganza... on a wet friday morning, this lights the fires in the head, heart and soul... an all-star line-up...

Second: Anthony Braxton with Tony Oxley and Adelhard Roidinger. Opens on clarinet...

Last: Ornette from his recent album 'Sound Grammar,' which I have been listening to a lot recently. This is 'Sleep Talking.' If you check out the Youtube video links below – it is fascinating where he says that he originally wanted to be an architect – then a brain surgeon. But due to lack of money – he became a musician. Who's to say that he didn't achieve both of those goals with his music?

Do not forget – the Cecil Taylor gig was recorded and will be put out by BBC Radio 3 on Friday... available as a repeat throughout the week...


In the Videodrome...



Cecil Taylor
with the Italian Instabile Orchestra... taking no prisoners...

Anthony Braxton at Woodstock...

Ornette' musical journey and here...

Ira Cohen in conversation



Cecil Taylor
Rashied Bakr, drums, voice · Karen Borca, bassoon, voice · Günther Hämpel, baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, vibraphone, voice · Jimmy Lyons, alto saxophone, voice · Andre Martinez, drums, percussion, voice · William Parker, bass, voice · Enrico Rava, trumpet, voice · Tomasz Stanko, trumpet, voice · Cecil Taylor, piano, voice · John Tchicai, tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, voice . Frank Wright, tenor saxophone, voice
Womb Waters Scent Of The Burning Armadillo Shell
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Anthony Braxton
Anthony Braxton, clarinet, alto, soprano, sopranino and C-melody saxophones, flute (collective instrumentation for the album) Adelhard Roidinger (b) Tony Oxley (d)
Compositions 40J & 110A (+108B + 69J)
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Ornette Coleman
Ornette Coleman (as) Gregory Cohen, Tony Falanga (b) Denardo Coleman (d)
SleepTalking
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7 comments:

Alfie said...

The download has gone. Can you please repost it.

Rod Warner said...

- well, it was a long time ago and they are only usually up for a week or two. But I'll try and dig them out over the weekend for you...

Alfie said...

That would be great! You would make me very happy. And if you want a download in return, please tell me. I don't have a blog yet, but you can look at my albums overhere:
http://rateyourmusic.com/~Elvenraad

Rod Warner said...

got the music ready - will upload to the main blog sometime later today...

Rod Warner said...

The three tracks have been re-upped on the main blog page - enjoy!

Alfie said...

Thank you very much for the downloads! :-)

Rod Warner said...

you're welcome...