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Looking Ahead
Cecil Taylor
Looking Ahead
Genres: Jazz, Pop
  •  Track Listings (6) - Disc #1

Japanese-only SHM-CD (Super High Material CD) pressing of this album. SHM-CDs can be played on any audio player and delivers unbelievably high-quality sound. You won't believe it's the same CD! Universal. 2009.


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All Artists: Cecil Taylor
Title: Looking Ahead
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Ojc
Release Date: 7/1/1991
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Style: Avant Garde & Free Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 025218645225


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Japanese-only SHM-CD (Super High Material CD) pressing of this album. SHM-CDs can be played on any audio player and delivers unbelievably high-quality sound. You won't believe it's the same CD! Universal. 2009.

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Glancing Back, LOOKING AHEAD.
Michael F. Hopkins | Buffalo, NY USA | 06/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"For those who think they know the ongoing saga of the
master pianist Cecil Taylor, the glories of LOOKING AHEAD
may pose quite an intriguing chapter to discover, and quite
the surprise. Among Taylor's earliest recordings, the late
1950s album finds the acclaimed freewheeler just as
formidable in "traditional" settings as he is stretching
them into the unknown. Rather than concern yourself
with which Taylor is better, put aside such foolishness,
and enjoy this brisk package of robust swing, abundantly
fueled by other things.

The quartet Taylor helms here includes bassist Buell
Neidlinger and drummer Dennis Charles, familiar to
anyone recalling the pianist's first recordings with
soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy. Here, however, the
quartet's fourth member is vibraphonist Earl Griffith,
whose wonderfully-staccato style is a perfect complement
to Taylor's already-whirling approach. While a listen
to this album make stir some to wonder how Cecil Taylor
and vibes wizard Walt Dickerson would sound together,
there is no denying the particular joy of Griffith's
highly personal sound.

Thus, LOOKING AHEAD is a superb showcase, standing alone
in the Taylor canon. Produced by acclaimed writer Nat
Hentoff (whose exceptional liner notes remind us that
critical analysis can be insightful and provocative in
responsible hands), the pianist's only album for
Contemporary Records more than makes the label live
up to its name!

The compositions are a delight, from the gospel shout
of "Luyah! The Glorious Step" to the serenade of
Griffith's "African Violets", from the head-nodding
"Of What" to the strolling finger-snap of "Wallering"
and the wistful travelogue of "Toil".
In particular, dig the album's grand finale, Taylor's
locomotive tribute to Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington.
Written on the changes of Strayhorn's epic "Take The A
Train", "Excursions On A Wobbly Rail" is bold, buoyant
and breathtakingly beautiful.

Singing its streamlined way across all boundaries, the
merry romp and ride points ever so cunningly to broader
vistas, just beyond the next bend...
Free form at its best
Michael F. Hopkins | 01/26/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a great record, must be the finest available in the free form idiom. All four players are magnificent, not least the bassist Buell Neidlinger. This is not really difficult music to listen to either. Just listen to the opening track; this is hard swinging improvised music of rare quality. This is fascinating music. What an exciting pianist Taylor was (and still is)! The sound quality is absolutely splendid. Highly recommended!"
Piano like an orchestra---swing music for the un-swung
D. Jobe | 07/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Funny thing, this... I mean, you EXPECT the unexpected for Cecil, but the expected unexpectedly? Hardly. For the uninitiated, begin HERE, track 1, right off the bat it's Ellington as a mental patient, swinging to an unswung beat as the band takes different kinds of dope, each swinging erratically but damn if it all MAKES SENSE! Excursions on a Wobbly Rail see, Cecil wasn't trying to re-invent jazz, he was trying to ADVANCE it (see first album title, see this album title). So you don't drop what you've learned, you lean on it... you keep the soul but change the mind, hell it was time! Post-bop that most stopped, making Cecil flee to the drudgery of dishwashing not long after this. But HERE is what he heard, and you can still hear it, swaying like willow tree its branches all together, but all separate to a different drum. Don't get it? Then get it, as in pick it up. Jazz still ain't caught up yet..."