Cecil Taylor’s Complete, Legendary, Live Return Concert

Source: PostGenre.

The album captures Taylor’s Quartet – with Jimmy Lyons, Andrew Cyrille, and Sirone- at New York City’s The Town Hall on November 4, 1973. The concert followed a five-year hiatus from public performances where his primary focus was serving as a visiting professor at Antioch College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The time away from the spotlight – perhaps an inspiration to some artists who had to phase-out public performances during an era of COVID – seems to have served him well. Of particular note is the composition “Autumn/Parade,” a nearly hour and a half long single piece consisting of a thunderous flurry of notes. Despite its obscene length, the song’s unrelenting aesthetic makes time fly, as if in a moving vehicle racing past a fixed point.