Cecil Taylor: Lazy Afternoon


Lazy Afternoon


Cecil Taylor (piano)


The World Of Cecil Taylor (Candid-CCD79006)

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Cecil Taylor (piano), Archie Shepp (tenor sax), Buell Neidlinger (bass), Dennis Charles (drums).

Composed by Jerome Moross and John Latouche


Recorded: New York, NY; January 12 or 13, 1960


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

Philadelphia-born tenor saxophonist Shepp was a newcomer to the band at the time of this recording, Taylor’s first for Nat Hentoff’s Candid label. In fact, the recent Goddard College graduate hadn’t yet decided whether to remain a musician or become a playwright. Nevertheless, he performs “Lazy Afternoon” with a steady certainty, his bare lines a foil for the leader’s ornate accompaniment. Taylor plays with total authority, referencing the theme in myriad figurations, and the veteran rhythm section of Neidlinger and Charles—who had appeared on the pianist’s debut recording four years earlier—pace the long performance well. The drums enter so steadily as to sound almost martial, a beguiling effect when combined with the delicate melody.

Reviewer: Joe Petrucelli

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