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Sessionography of Cecil Taylor

1.Boston, September 14, 1956

1.Bemsha Swing (Monk-Best) 7:23
2.Charge 'Em Blues 11:02
3.Azure (Ellington) 7:25
4.Song 5:16
5.You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To (Porter) 9:14
6.Rick Kick Shaw 6:03
7.Sweet And Lovely (Arnheim-Tobias-Lamare) 6:35
Cecil Taylor: piano; Steve Lacy:soprano sax (2, 4); Dennis Charles: drums; Buell Neidlinger: bass

Jazz Advance:

◦Transition (US) TRLP 19 (lp) 1956 [tracks 1-6] ◦Transition (Japan) GXF 3121 (lp)
◦Toshiba (Japan) LNJ 70072 (lp)
◦Blue Note (UK) BST 84 487/88 (lp)
◦Toshiba (Japan) EMI TOCJ 5884 (cd)
◦Toshiba (Japan) EMI TOCJ 9348 (cd) 2001
◦Blue Note (US) 7 84462 2 (cd) 1991
◦Fresh Sound (Spain) FSR-CD 485 (cd) 2008 [with At Newport]
In Transition Blue Note (US) LA 458 H2 (lp) 1975 [with Love For Sale]

Giants of Jazz Sarabandas (?) 53172 (cd) 1994 [tracks 1,2,3,5,7]

Jazz In Transition:

◦Transition (US) TRLP 30 (lp) [track 7 only]
◦EMI (Japan) TOCJ-5889 (cd) 1994 [track 7 only]
Note: track 5 is a piano solo.
Note: the Blue Note 2fer LA 458 H2 incorrectly gives the recording date as December 10, 1955

 

2.Newport Jazz Festival, July 6, 1957

1.Johnny Come Lately (Strayhorn) 6:45
2.Nona's Blues 7:04
3.Tune 2 9:53
Cecil Taylor: piano; Steve Lacy:soprano sax; Dennis Charles: drums; Buell Neidlinger: bass

At Newport:

◦Verve (US) MGV 8238 (lp) 1958
◦Karusell (Holland) MGV 8238 (lp)
◦Verve (Japan) MV 2564 (lp) 1958
◦Verve (Japan) MI 1071 (lp) [promotional release, not for general sale]
◦Verve (US) 2610 037 (lp)
◦Verve (US) VSP 13 (lp) [track 1 only]
◦Columbia (UK) CX 10102 (lp)
◦Verve (US) 3145897642 (cd) 2002
◦Fresh Sound (Spain) FSR-CD 485 (cd) 2008 [with Jazz Advance]
Masters Of The Modern Piano Verve (US) VE-2-2514 (lp) 1976

Lush Life: The Billy Strayhorn Songbook: [various artists] Verve (US) 529 908 (cd) 1996 [track 1 only]

Note: the other side of the original release featured a Donald Byrd/Gigi Gryce set from the same festival. The other 3 sides of the 2lp "Masters of the Modern Piano" set featured Bud Powell, Mary Lou Williams, Paul Bley, Wynton Kelly, and Bill Evans. The remainder of the Verve "Lush Life" cd features various other performers doing various other Strayhorn tunes.

 

3.Nola's Penthouse Studios, NYC, June 9, 1958

1.Luyah! The Glorious Step 6:25
2.African Violets (Cecil Taylor & Earl Griffith) 5:12
3.Of What 8:18
4.Wallering 5:17
5.Toll 7:33
6.Excursion On A Wobbly Rail 9:04
Cecil Taylor: piano; Earl Griffith: vibra-harp; Dennis Charles: drums; Buell Neidlinger: bass

Looking Ahead!:

◦Contemporary (US) 7562 (lp) 1959 [stereo]
◦Contemporary (US) M3562 (lp) 1959 [mono]
◦Contemporary/Original Jazz Classics (US) OJCCD-452-2 (S-7562) (cd) 1990
Note: Griffith out on track 3.

 

4.NYC, October 13, 1958

1.Double Clutching (Israels) 8:17
2.Like Someone In Love (Van Heusen/Burke) 8:07
3.Shifting Down (Dorham) 10:37
4.Just Friends (Klenner/Lewis) 6:13
Cecil Taylor: piano; John Coltrane: tenor sax; Kenny Dorham: trumpet; Chuck Israels: bass; Louis Hayes: drums

Hard Driving Jazz/Stereo Drive:

◦United Artists (US) UAL 4014 (lp) 1959
◦Liberty (Japan) 60053 (lp) 1984
Coltrane Time:

◦United Artists (US) UAJS 15001 (lp) 1963
◦Boplicity (UK) BOP 1 (lp) 1983
◦Blue Note (US) 7 84461 2 (cd) 1991
◦United Artists (UK) ULP1018 (lp)
◦HMV (France) FELP 220 (lp)
Note: The original lp was entitled "Hard Driving Jazz" in its mono version and "Stereo Drive" in its stereo version.

Note: On some releases, John Coltrane is credited as "Blue Train", presumably for contractual reasons.

 

5.Nola's Penthouse Studios, NYC, April 15, 1959

1.Get Out Of Town (Cole Porter) 9:12
2.I Love Paris (Cole Porter) 5:13
3.Love For Sale (Cole Porter) 8:15
4.Little Lees ['Lousie' on some issues] 9:05
5.Matie's Trophes ['Motystrophe' on some issues, 'Blues' on some issues] 10:11
6.Carol/Three Points 8:16
Cecil Taylor: piano; Bill Barron: tenor saxophone(4-6); Ted Curson: trumpet (4-6); Buell Neidlinger: bass; Rudy Collins: drums

Love For Sale:

◦United Artists (US) UAL 4046 (lp) [tracks 1-5]
◦Liberty (Japan) 60065 (lp)
◦United Artists (Japan) GXC 3133 (lp)
◦Blue Note (US) CDP 94107 (cd) 1998
In Transition Blue Note (US) LA 458 H2 (lp) 1975 [with Jazz Advance]

Note: The Blue Note 2fer LA 458 H2 gives the bassist as Chris White.
Note: The Blue Note cd CDP 94107 gives the drummer as Dennis Charles.

 

6.NYC, October 12 & 13, 1960


1.Air (tk5) 10:31
2.Number One (tk1) 12:29
3.Number One (tk2) 8:35
4.This Nearly Was Mine (Rogers & Hammerstein) 10:47
5.Air (tk9) 17:30
6.E.B. (tk2) 9:55
7.Lazy Afternoon (tk1) (Latouche-Moross) 14:46
8.Air (tk21) 11:25
9.Air (tk28) 8:45
10.Air (tk29) 10:20
11.Port Of Call (tk2) 4:15
12.Port Of Call (tk3) 4:21
Cecil Taylor: piano; Archie Shepp: tenor saxophone; Dennis Charles: drums; Buell Neidlinger: bass; [possibly Sunny Murray replacing Charles on 2-5]

The Complete Candid Recordings Of Cecil Taylor And Buell Neidlinger:

◦Mosaic (US) MR6-127 (lp) 1989
◦Mosaic (US) MD4-127 (cd) 1989
Air Candid (US) 79046 (cd) 198? [tracks 2,3,5,8,10,12]

The World Of Cecil Taylor [tracks 4,6,7,9,11]:

◦Candid (US) 9006 (lp) 1961
◦Barnaby (US) 30562 (lp) 1972 [as 'Air']
◦Candid (US) 79006 (cd) 198?
Giants Of Jazz: Cecil Taylor 1955-1961 Sarabandas (?) 53172 (cd) 1994 ['Air' and 'Port Of Call']

Cecil i Maestri del Jazz (Italy) MJ 1067-1 (cd) 1991 [tracks 4,6,12]

 

7.NYC, January 9 & 10, 1961

1.Davis (tk1) (Neidlinger-Shepp) 3:07
2.Davis (tk3) (Neidlinger-Shepp) 5:13
3.O.P.(tk1) (Neidlinger) 7:25
4.Cell Walk For Celeste (tk1) 11:24
5.Cell Walk For Celeste (tk3) 9:43
6.Cell Walk For Celeste (tk8) 11:38
7.I Forgot (tk1) (Taylor, Neidlinger, Shepp, Charles) 8:28
8.Section C (tk1) 10:14
Cecil Taylor: piano; Archie Shepp: tenor saxophone; Dennis Charles: drums; Buell Neidlinger: bass

The Complete Candid Recordings Of Cecil Taylor And Buell Neidlinger:

◦Mosaic (US) MR6-127 (lp) 1989
◦Mosaic (US) MD4-127 (cd) 1989
Cell Walk For Celeste Candid (US) 9034 (lp & cd) 1988 [tracks 1,2,4,5,8]

Jumpin Punkins [tracks 3,7]:

◦Candid (US) 9013 (lp)
◦Candid (US) 79013 1987 (cd)
Ready For The 90s K2B2 (US) 2069 (lp) 1980 [track 3, as P.O.]

New York City R&B [track 6]:

◦Barnaby (US) KZ 31035 (lp) 1971
◦CBS (?) 64723 (lp)
◦CBS (Holland), S 64723 (lp) 1972
◦Sony/CBS (Japan), SFON 01107 (lp)
◦Candid (US) 9017 (lp) 1986
◦Jazz Man () JAZ 5032 (lp)
◦Candid (US) 79017 (cd)
Marty's Garage K2B2 (US) 2169 (lp) [track 8]

Cecil Taylor All Stars Featuring Buell Neidlinger [track 7]:

◦Candid (US?) SONF 01007 (lp)
◦Candid/Victor (Japan) SMJ 6205 (lp) 1977

 

8.NYC, January 10, 1961

1.Jumpin' Punkins (tk4) (M. Ellington) 8:10
2.Thing's Ain't What They Used To Be (tk1) (M. Ellington) 10:04
3.Thing's Ain't What They Used To Be (tk3) (M. Ellington) 8:53
4.Jumpin' Punkins (tk5) (M. Ellington) 8:11
5.Jumpin' Punkins (tk6) (M. Ellington) 8:10
Cecil Taylor: piano; Archie Shepp: tenor saxophone; Billy Higgins: drums; Buell Neidlinger: bass; Clark Terry: trumpet; Roswell Rudd: trombone; Steve Lacy: soprano sax; Charles Davis: baritone sax

The Complete Candid Recordings Of Cecil Taylor And Buell Neidlinger [tracks 1,2,3,5]:

◦Mosaic (US) MR6-127 (lp) 1989
◦Mosaic (US) MD4-127 (cd) 1989
Cell Walk For Celeste Candid (US) 9034 (lp & cd) 1988 [tracks 1,4]

Jumpin Punkins [track 3; also track 5 on the cd release]:

◦Candid (US) 9013 (lp)
◦Candid (US) 79013 1987 (cd)
New York City R&B [track 2]:

◦Barnaby (US) KZ 31035 (lp) 1971
◦CBS (?) 64723 (lp)
◦CBS (Holland), S 64723 (lp) 1972
◦Sony/CBS (Japan), SFON 01107 (lp)
◦Candid (US) 9017 (lp) 1986
◦Jazz Man () JAZ 5032 (lp)
◦Candid (US) 79017 (cd)
Giants Of Jazz: Cecil Taylor 1955-1961 Sarabandas (?) 53172 (cd) 1994 ['Things Ain't What They Used To Be']

Cecil i Maestri del Jazz (Italy) MJ 1069-1 (cd) 1991 [track 2]

Cecil Taylor All Stars Featuring Buell Neidlinger [tracks 2,4]:

◦Candid (US) SONF 01107 (lp)
◦Candid/Victor (Japan) SMJ 6205 (lp) 1977

 

9.NYC, January 10, 1961

1.Cindy's Main Mood (tk1) (Neidlinger) 5:08
2.O.P. (tk2) (Neidlinger) 9:09
Cecil Taylor: piano; Billy Higgins: drums; Buell Neidlinger: bass

The Complete Candid Recordings Of Cecil Taylor And Buell Neidlinger:

◦Mosaic (US) MR6-127 (lp) 1989
◦Mosaic (US) MD4-127 (cd) 1989
Cecil i Maestri del Jazz (Italy) MJ 1069-1 (cd) 1991

New York City R&B [track 2]:

◦Barnaby (US) KZ 31035 (lp) 1971 [also track 1]
◦CBS (?) 64723 (lp)
◦CBS (Holland), S 64723 (lp) 1972
◦Sony/CBS (Japan), SFON 01107 (lp)
◦Candid (US) 9017 (lp) 1986
◦Jazz Man () JAZ 5032 (lp)
◦Candid (US) 79017 (cd) [also track 1]
Giants Of Jazz: Cecil Taylor 1955-1961 Sarabandas (?) 53172 (cd) 1994 [track 1]

Cecil Taylor All Stars Featuring Buell Neidlinger [track 2]:

◦Candid (US) SONF 01107 (lp)
◦Candid/Victor (Japan) SMJ 6205 (lp) 1977

 

10.NYC, October 10, 1961

1.Pots 6:30
2.Bulbs 7:00
3.Mixed 10:00
Cecil Taylor: piano; Jimmy Lyons: alto sax; Archie Shepp: tenor sax; Henry Grimes: bass; Jimmy [Sunny] Murray: drums; Ted Curson: trumpet (3); Roswell Rudd: trombone (3)

Into The Hot: The Gil Evans Orchestra:

◦Impulse! (US) A-9 1961 (lp)
◦Impulse! (US) MCAD-39104 1988 (cd)
Note: The second half of the original lp features tracks by Johnny Carisi

The Dedication Series/Vol. III: The New Breed ABC/Impulse (US) IA 9339/2 (lp) 1978
Note: The rest of this release features tracks by Charles Tolliver, Grachan Moncur and Archie Shepp

Mixed Impulse IMP12702 (cd) 1998
Note: The rest of this release features tracks by the Roswell Rudd Sextet, from 1966

 

 

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