A Little Too Self-Indulgent
Christopher Forbes | Brooklyn,, NY | 08/09/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This is not my favorite Taylor album...by a long shot. Tzotzil-Mummers-Tzotzil is an extended studio piece with one of Taylor's typical long extended group freak-outs surrounded by some pretty self-indulgent "poetry"...really more spoken word soundscapes. The music during the group sessions is quite good...good enough for four stars actually. But it isn't indispensible Cecil Taylor. For that I'd get the Blue Note albums of the 60s, or the Cecil Taylor Unit work of the early 80's when Ronald Shannon Jackson was the drummer. And the spoken word soundscapes wear out their welcome quite fast really. The way that the CD is tracked, it is impossible to skip over these sections so I find that, if I'm in the mood for Taylor, I choose other albums to listen to over this one."