In Memoriam: Cecil Taylor

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Cecil Taylor [b. March 25, 1929 – d. April 5, 2018] was an American avant-garde jazz pianist, composer, poet and all-around bad ass.

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Athens, Georgia – I am currently doing whatever it takes to snatch myself out of a post-Christmas muck and mire. The time spent among humans/ people was fair to really good. Somewhere along the way, I contracted a yucky flu [which I am still working through]. Right now, hot green tea with profuse amounts of lemon and honey and the vinyl platters [below] for optimal wellness.

New York Is Now! – Vol. 1[Blue Note/ 1968] – Ornette Coleman

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?: Musical Hightlights from the Original Soundtrack [ABC/ 1969] – Johnny Green and His Orchestra + various artists

Albert Ayler in Greenwich Village [Impulse!/ 1967] – Albert Ayler

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Athens, Georgia – Working on wrapping the few gifts I am giving this Holiday season. I actually enjoy some parts of this time of the year. For me, the food and fireside chats are highlights.

I got rained on today. Thoroughly soaked. Never got that certain package to the post office. As it was last year, we saw heavy grey skies, dampness with very warm temperatures. This descriptive applies to some of the l.p.s I’ve pulled out today:

Complete Communion [1966/ Blue Note] – Don Cherry

The Magnolia Electric Co. [2005/ Secretly Canadian] – Songs: Ohia

Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, Vol. 1 [2017/ Rise Above] – Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats

An Even Break [Never Give A Sucker] [1970/ BYG Actuel] – Sunny Murray

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Athens, Georgia – Hand selected vinyl for listening enjoyment on this first day of Fall. Really, there is nothing finer. Desolation Boulevard and On The Rise are old faves. Twins is an Ornette Coleman compilation of works from the 1960s and outtakes. The Fela Kuti/ Ginger Baker collaboration is new to me. Baker is featured on two tracks. I cannot wait to hear this cornucopia of sound.

Twins [Atlantic/ 1971] – Ornette Coleman

Desolation Boulevard [RCA/ 1974] – The Sweet

Live! [Regal Zonophone/ 1971] – Fela Ransome-Kuti and The Africa ’70 with Ginger Baker

On The Rise [Tabu/ 1983] – The S.O.S. Band

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Athens, Georgia – All hail the vinyl. I’ve got a few solid titles for listening to today. Please, let me share.

Rick James’ “High on Your Love Suite/One Mo Hit (Of Your Love)” is glorious. Know this. Rickie Lee Jones’ debut album was selected for no particular reason. Cecil Taylor. If you follow me here [or, on Instagram], you know I am a major fan of the eighty-eight year old avant-garde jazz pianist/composer. Taylor’s work is not for the faint at heart. Dark To Themselves is perfection.

evergreen + baby blue colorblocked “Ski Chalet Moto ’74” sunglasses

bamboo eyewear hardshell case

Bustin’ Out of L Seven [Gordy/ 1979] – Rick James

Rickie Lee Jones [Warner Bros./ 1978] – Rickie Lee Jones

Dark To Themselves [Onja/ 1976] – Cecil Taylor Unit

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oversized Wayfarer-style sunglasses with gold hardware

black chunky digital wristwatch

black Whiplash fringe necklace with gold accents

1980s vintage Vogue magazine hardshell clutch [Mister Ernest]

midnight black vegan suede lace-up platform boots

The Last Poets [Douglas/ 1970] – The Last Poets

Master of Reality [Vertigo/ 1971] – Black Sabbath

Monkey-Pockie-Boo [BYG Actuel/ 1970] – Sonny Sharrock

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Late this afternoon, I scored this copy of ‘Cecil Taylor Unit’ for two dollars while thrifting. This title has been on my list forever. It’s in very good condition. (I) almost didn’t hang in there (i.e., keep crate digging) due to the copious amounts of empty covers. Far out, man.

cobalt blue oversized Wayfayer-style sunglasses

1970s vintage woven sunburst totebag

Cecil Taylor Unit [New World/ 1978] – Cecil Taylor Unit