CECIL TAYLOR UNIT - One Too Many Salty Swift And Not Goodbye
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Enough has been said about the grandeur and persona of pianist Cecil Taylor. What is more interesting is the music itself. Before the music on this re-issue [this is a second re-issue on CD, which was preceded by an original 3 LP set] is assessed however, a few notes about the event itself. "One Too Many Salty Swift And Not Goodbye" was a final live appearance of the 1978 Cecil Taylor Unit. It was recorded in Stuttgart, Germany to an appreciative audience, but not an appreciative promoter. According to Spencer A. Richard's liner notes, "Cecil Taylor was denied access to a well-tuned grand piano that was backstage covered and locked up, instead he was given an out-of-tune beat-up piano, the hall's authorities said that the grand was reserved for ‘classical pianists'". It could be that the racially-positioned slap in the face made the music Cecil played this night so overtly robust and angry. The proceedings themselves start on a gentle note, as each of the Unit's players is allowed to perform in duo or solo fashion. We get a strikingly tender and highly melodic duo from alto player [and a dear music partner of Cecil] Jimmy Lyons and trumpeter Raphe Malik. This is followed by an expressive duo from violin player Ramsey Ameen and bassist Sirone, which is trailer by a power-house and very rhythmic drum solo from Ronald Shannon Jackson. Finally, the moment everyone has waited for; the arrival of the master himself. Cecil's arrival is announced lightly by Jimmy Lyons and Raphe Malik, as they alternate their blows from one player to the next. Cecil's playing here is direct, without being too dense. It's percussive without being coarse. Most importantly, it's graceful without being pompous. I especially love the way his pounding drives the other members forward and upward. But this is never a race. One who gets to finish line first doesn't necessarily win. The weak link in the Unit is drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson. His rhythmic pulsations drive the listener's attention away from Cecil's [also percussive] playing. It's almost as if he is striving to compete with the leader, and that can never be a good thing. My first reaction when I'd looked at the cover of the new re-issue is the fact that I missed that wonderful painting found on the previous version. Then I thought it's only fitting to have Cecil pictured playing a covered up piano. It's the most appropriate encapsulation of the racist bullshit he had to endure in Stuttgart that June night. Consider this music one loud "fuck you" to Cecil's critics over the years.

Tom Sekowski


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