Jeanne Lee “Conspiracy”

I can still remember the first time I heard a bootleg rip of Jeanne Lee’s free-flowing masterpiece, Conspiracy, and feeling completely spent. Lee’s list of collaborators is a who’s who of great composers and improvisers from the latter half of the 20th century: Anthony Braxton, Archie Shepp, Pauline Oliveros, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Cecil Taylor, and so many more. She approached her music and art with a … Continue reading Jeanne Lee “Conspiracy”

Cecil Taylor Quintet “Lifting the Bandstand”

There’s been a handful of fantastic live recordings featuring the late, great Cecil Taylor come out in the past year or so. Multiple duos with Tony Oxley have definitely shined bright, but this quintet recording from 1998 is a blazing tower. Taylor’s playing style is instantly recognizable. Literally nobody else sounds like him. As he continued honing his approach to playing throughout his life, Taylor … Continue reading Cecil Taylor Quintet “Lifting the Bandstand”