Cecil Taylor (geb. 1929): Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly!
One of the most resplendent characters of new jazz in a highly-concentrated Sunday enclosure: This strong solo document shows the piano colossus at the height of his creative potential, taking the listener's imagination to remote places in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. It would be far too limited to say the legacy of the MPS label only built on its exquisite, world-famous studio sound. Indeed, the "secret weapon" of the Black Forest team in many recordings was the Bösendorfer Imperial Grand piano which is still located - and played! - at the very same corner in the recently new-opened studios since the day it was hoisted into the building for a Friedrich Gulda session. On Sunday, September 14th 1980 however, the Bösendorfer saw a definite moment of glory. With this recording, MPS added an otherworldly gem to its impressive stack of solo piano outings. Without the intention of belittling the great releases by Oscar Peterson, Friedrich Gulda, Wolfgang Dauner or George Shearing, "Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly!" has to be seen and listened to in a category of its own. At this point of his long career Cecil Taylor had reached a level of expression which couldn't be measured by any comparison - since on the one hand the man had developed a completely unique style of playing and on the other embedded his art into a philosophy which was strongly nurtured on the history of such exotic cultures as Ethiopia, Mesopotamia and Tibet.
,,Taylors improvisatorische Fantasie lässt sich mit einem noch tätigen Vulkan vergleichen, der nach Zeiten scheinbarer Ruhe urplötzlich ausbrechen kann." (Stereo, August 2012)
,,Für den Künstler sind tägliche, sich über Stunden erstreckende Übungen die Vorbereitung, um zur spirituellen Ebene seiner Musik vorzudringen. Taylors improvisatorische Fantasie lässt sich mit einem noch tätigen Vulkan vergleichen, der nach Zeiten scheinbarer Ruhe urplötzlich ausbrechen kann." (FONO FORUM 09 / 12)
,,Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly! zählt zu den schönsten Soloaufnahmen des Pianisten Cecil Taylor." (Audio, Oktober 2012)
,,Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly! is part of a series of fascinating reissues from the label, including a great 1970 Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis- Johnny Griffin Quintet disc, Tough Tenors Again ’N’ Again." (DownBeat Magazine)
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