Unit Structures

Cecil Taylor - Unit Structures
Critic Score
Based on 2 reviews
1966 Ratings: #7 / 38
User Score
Based on 29 ratings
Liked by 3 people
January 1, 1966 / Release Date
LP / Format
Blue Note Records / Label
Jazz, Free Jazz / Genres
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The History of The Albums – n°319

I also advise you to read my previous review on Cecil Taylor Quartet's Looking Ahead (1959), in order to better understand its beginnings and this one]. According to me I would define the history of Free Jazz in 3 distinct waves, the first one that we often classify under the term Avant-Garde Jazz from the beginning of the 50's to 1958 that can be qualified as prototype and experimentation of free improvisation and total destructuring of compositions ... read more
Feels more focused than some of the more chaotic entries to free jazz, and though this does make this record significantly more “accessible” by comparison, it’s still a whirlwind of instrumentation that stands shoulder to shoulder with some of the best.

Standout: Unit structure/As of now/unit
Favs: Enter Evening (Soft Line Structure), Steps
Least fav: Tales (8 whisps)
Impressive, absolutely. Too much, kinda of. Unit Structures is one of those Free Jazz records but never fully connected with me and although i do highly enjoy it especially from a more critical, theoretical point of view where I can analyse how avant-garde and improvisation can be so disjointed but make a complete experience, I often left wanting a bit more order. Unit Structures is great and Steps is amazing and the other tracks have moments which blow me away but I can't help but feel other ... read more
Pitchfork's 200 Best Albums of the 1960's: #197

Over/Underrated?: Overrated

The best way to describe "Steps," the first track of Cecil Taylor's Unit Structures, is totally fuckin' bonkers. Cecil Taylor makes Andrew Hill's Point of Departure (which I reviewed yesterday) sound snooze worthy. Where Andrew Hill would sound like he's tapping on the wrong keys from time to time, Cecil Taylor sounds like he's found all the "wrong keys" on the piano and is playing them all as ... read more
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Added on: July 2, 2016