Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Mary Lou Williams, Cecil Taylor|
Genres: Jazz, Pop
There are many who claim this 1977 live date doesn't (and could never) really work, but screw them. Williams, the early bop pianist whose work had long reflected a gospel influence that allowed her '70s LP (on her own Mary... more »
There are many who claim this 1977 live date doesn't (and could never) really work, but screw them. Williams, the early bop pianist whose work had long reflected a gospel influence that allowed her '70s LP (on her own Mary label) to sound contemporary, plays spirituals her way. Taylor, the all-too-human god of free jazz, plays spirituals his way. Use your ears and you'll hear two very complete histories of jazz colliding simultaneously. Let your ear wander between the two and you'll hear a generous (if slightly pedagogical) Democracy of the Ear that band-leaders such as Wynton Marsalis pitifully lack. --D. Strauss
firstname.lastname@example.org | exeter, england | 08/31/1998
(1 out of 5 stars)
"forget the hype this album should ONLY be listened to by hearing each artist - individually. this cd is like putting 3 tablespoons of salt in your tea. HORRIBLE! i greatly admire these artists' work - individually though! together its schizaphrenia!!!!!!!!!!!!"
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craigzz | Lancaster, PA USA | 10/29/2002
(1 out of 5 stars)
"If this wasn't a live album and you could use the balance knob to completely isolate the two pianists, you might have a couple of pretty good solo albums here. Listening to them together, though, it's a complete mess, with neither player compromising his or her respective style a whit. I can understand CT's approach, because his entire career has been based on listening to the other musicians and responding in his own unique language. However, for Williams to go on playing her standard history of jazz program without making the slightest attempt to acknowledge Taylor's contribution in her playing is utterly absurd. Give it a miss."