18th May 2018
Conversations With Tony Oxley
1. Berlin Conversation 1 / 2. Berlin Conversation 2 / 3. Berlin Conversation 3 / 4. Berlin Conversation 4
Cecil Taylor, who died on April 5, 2018 in his hometown of Brooklyn, had a style all his own. With Ornette Coleman (1930 – 2015) he began in the 1960s to develop a music dominated by tone clusters and staccato notes that we later came to know as free jazz. The style icon on piano always began his concerts softly, slinking up to the instrument, murmuring texts to himself, almost dancelike, until the entire force of his playing style let the music's unique power resound. Here we have one of his last concerts from 2008, performed in the Chamber Music Hall of the Berlin Philharmonie. Jazzwerkstatt had already begun impressively documenting the era of free jazz with the last recordings of Ornette Coleman (JW090 'For The Love Of Ornette'). Here we hear the last sound cascades from Cecil Taylor in 'Conversations with Tony Oxley'.