How do you pay tribute to a true original? That's the question at the heart of Six Encomiums for Cecil Taylor , a fascinating new album — produced by avant-garde mastermind John Zorn — on which six adventurous jazz pianists honor Taylor, the perennially radical, school-unto-himself dynamo of the keys who died in April at age 89 . At around 11 minutes into "Unveiling Urban Pointillism," one of the disc's six solo pieces, the Cuban-born Aruán Ortiz makes his way into a remarkable passage, abstract yet focused. He keeps up a busy, restless pitter-patter in the high register, sprinkling in ear-catching clusters of sustained notes — the sonic equivalent of rain drizzling on a roof. Ortiz isn't mimicking Taylor. But at the same time, the episode seems inescapably post-Cecil, unthinkable without the example of genre-transcending imagination and intense physicality the elder musician set during his monumental 60-plus-year career. Related Reviews Newport Jazz Festival 2018: 14 Best Things We Saw Review: John Coltrane’s New ‘Lost Album’ Captures a Day in the Life of His Greatest Band Related Reviews Denzel Washington’s Movies Ranked, From Worst to Best The 100 Greatest Motown Songs The same is true of the other five pieces on… Read full this story
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