Thursday, April 20, 2017

CECIL TAYLOR – Nuits De La Fondation Maeght Vol. 1 / Vol. 2 / Vol. 3 (3LPs-1972)



Cecil Taylor – Nuits De La Fondation Maeght Vol. 1

Label: Shandar – SR 10011 / 83 507
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: France / Released: 1972
Style: Free Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded live on 29 July 1969 at Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France.
Photography By – Horace, Philippe Gras
Engineer [Sound] – Claude Jauvert
Producer [Conception] – Georges Perdriaud
Sleeve Notes [Inside] – Daniel Caux
Matrix / Runout (Side A): 10011 A [83507A]
Matrix / Runout (Side B): 10011 B [83507B]

A - Second Act Of A ............................................................................... 21:25          
B - Second Act Of A ............................................................................... 19:55

Cecil Taylor – piano
Jimmy Lyons – alto saxophone
Sam Rivers – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
Andrew Cyrille – drums, percussion

Nuits De La Fondation Maeght is a live album by Cecil Taylor recorded in St. Paul de Vence, Nice, on July 29, 1969. The album was originally released as Nuits de la Fondation Maeght on the French Shandar label, 3LPs-1971 as a box set.
In 1972 the French label Shandar also announced 3 albums individually packaged, Nuits De La Fondation Maeght Vol. 1 / Vol. 2 and Vol. 3. Each has a gatefold cover with same photo but different tint. Black labels with disc logo.


This was a truly magical night for the Taylor unit. The interplay between Lyons and Rivers is impeccable, exploring intervallic reaches of tonal ambience and equanimity. The lack of a bassist in this case is a plus, not a minus, as Taylor gets to indulge his rhythmic impulse to the extreme in order to let the two sax players go into arpeggio overdrive in tandem. The polytonality of Rivers is especially important here as he doesn't so much collide with Lyons, who instinctively knew, in 1969, how Taylor articulated his language, he "extends" him linguistically. Rivers brittle tone on tenor and his shrill soprano engage the steady polyrhythmic attack of Lyons whose ostinato are the cues Taylor takes for his own when moving the piano into solo position. And the two horns find the striated expanses of sonic terrain Taylor prepares them for. And Cyrille knows just how to escalate; the result is no less spectacular than John Coltrane and Pharaoh Sanders on Live in Seattle -- the only real difference is, it's Taylor who does the yelling and shouting when the music gets to the outer limits and can't express what he needs it to. The great Paris concert in its entirety is a Taylor masterpiece.
(Review by Thom Jurek)



Cecil Taylor – Nuits De La Fondation Maeght Vol. 2

Label: Shandar – 83 508
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: France / Released: 1972
Style: Free Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded live on 29 July 1969 at Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France.
Photography By – Horace, Philippe Gras
Engineer [Sound] – Claude Jauvert
Producer [Conception] – Georges Perdriaud
Sleeve Notes [Inside] – Daniel Caux
Matrix / Runout (Side A): NPO SR 83508A
Matrix / Runout (Side B): NPO SR 83508B

A - Second Act Of A ............................................................................... 18:20          
B - Second Act Of A ............................................................................... 16:22


Nuits De La Fondation Maeght, trilogy recordings (for me) is his best work from a particularly enigmatic period. Taylor was playing sprawling immeasurably intense reckless refulgence & asymmetrical avant wizardry with the insane Andrew Cyrille, for me indubitably one of the most fantastic & original drummers ever. Out of the many things that could be said, I would emphasise that Taylor & his unit redefined the elongated-outburst & prolonged-peaking coming with ceaseless surging’s of unparalleled clamour & volatility. Frequently without intervals, extenuation or cessation they would dance an immensely detailed & dynamic squall within the singularity of remorseless & unforgiving outermost, fully-cyclic, hell-for-leather frenzy. A heteronomous hurricane & blitzing blizzard of ebullient fulmination Cyrille was able to maintain physically these momentous requirements but also inflect with a cycle of extensive improvisational embellishment & continually capricious contrasting...



Cecil Taylor – Nuits De La Fondation Maeght Vol. 3

Label: Shandar – 83 509
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: France / Released: 1972
Style: Free Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded live on 29 July 1969 at Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France.
Photography By– Horace, Philippe Gras
Engineer [Sound] – Claude Jauvert
Producer [Conception] – Georges Perdriaud
Sleeve Notes [Inside] – Daniel Caux
Matrix / Runout (Side A): NPO SR 83509A
Matrix / Runout (Side B): NPO SR 83509B

A - Second Act Of A ............................................................................... 13:00          
B - Second Act Of A ............................................................................... 20:00


...Taylor’s closest adjutant saxophonist Jimmy Lyon’s would also duck in & out with sax screel & hysteria. These Olympic stints of decadent comminute went way beyond the threshold, agreeable limitation or somatic restriction that pretty much everybody else was on, with an unapologetic & frankly extremist activity/ideology of severe surplus pandemonium & improvident forceful action whilst exercising immense technical credibility. Many a marvel of withering extravagance was being exercised by other legends during this great era, but this lot did it, to my knowledge, longer & harder without intermission including mostly for each individual musician (consecutive group participation), never slacking & all exploding into one sustained shock-wave of terrific turbulence. these recordings though, do offer the secondary function of a more Avant-Garde slower & emotionally alternate medium occasionally with vocal extracts from Taylor. They are stunning diverse & intricate but also often bizarre. This is another phenomenon of Cecil Taylor & much of his music, lyrics & imagery. It’s dark, I would say at times even quite minatory. Much of the furore from the depths of Free Jazz’s sonic battle field encompassed anger, madness & intensity are as a commodity, but Taylor as with Sunny Murray often depicts & conjures stuff that I would not feel at error calling nasty, dark, or threatening in a direct & mostly unequivocal manner...



...Yes, for me, tones of hazard, tragedy & outright tenebrous madness etc are very apparent (hell, it could be just my misinterpretation, but I feel these elements skulk within his work amongst other sentiments & energies of a far more positive distinction). This is another specialist feature of Taylor & contributes even more to his significant idiosyncrasy. Anyway, as for this mind-blowingly marvellous 3LP set released by Shandar, there is another foreign element/irregularity that kicked shit completely into hyper-space. On these recordings they threw fucking Sam Rivers into the mix! Can you imagine? As if things were not preposterous enough, the absolute madman Rivers was air-dropped into the vortex with his tenor & soprano cannons. The results are just ridiculous & why these recordings are amongst the most precious & heavily rotated in my stash. Unfortunately, to my knowledge, no further foray frenzy was created with Rivers after this tour. Thank the goddess that someone was recording & captured this brain scattering murrain so expertly & issued it in this cult vinyl trilogy...

Enjoy!


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17 comments:

  1. CECIL TAYLOR – Nuits De La Fondation Maeght Vol.1/2/3 (3LPs-1972)
    Vinyl Rip/FLAC+Artwork

    Vol. 1:
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    Vol. 2:
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  2. This is fabulous. I used to have the set with the blue tinted cover (as a 3 LP box set). Glad you provided this fine rip. Thanks, Vitko!

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  3. impecable choice, brother!...huge also!...
    good health!....
    BIG THX!...

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  4. Nice to see the original issues. I imagine they're very expensive these days, so I'm happy to experience them in this way. Thanks for this and all the fine music shared here.

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  5. Thanks guys. I wish you good listening.

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  6. Thanks once again Vitko. Good to see you here Otto. Viva la Cecil!

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  7. Absolutely amazing, Vitko! I just have a three cd set from one series called "Historical Masters", but with horrible sound! So, thank you very much.

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  8. I think the CD "issue" might be an LP rip.

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    1. Mr. Colin Green, I'm glad you're back here. I think we should forget our little misunderstanding, I really did not intend to hurt you. I'm sorry it was so, maybe we did not have a good day either.
      As far as CD releases are concerned, I have been reading the Internet pages and found that it was a unofficial release in 1991, and I also found some criticisms that warn of the catastrophic sound quality.
      Here's what he wrote for AllMusic Thom Jurek: "This Foundation series of "Historical Masters" are nothing but glorified bootlegs - pirates, even ... Calling these "masters" is dubious since the LPs sounded way better ..." etc .
      I hope this my sound will satisfy everybody's ear. I carefully did everything on the professional sound processing equipment in "Studio CORONA" of my friends, the sound is clean and powerful, maybe for a shade of a bit more vivid than the vinyl, but please note that listening to this and similar music really requires better speakers.
      Cheers!

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    2. I want to echo Vitko's reply. I happened to buy a couple of the Jazz View "Historical Masters" (Ayler's Fondation Maeght, or Mingus' 1962 Birdland and a few more - even as a so-called and numbered "limited edition"), but they all appear to be some pretty crummy LP rips - with pretty inferior equipment that was available in the early 90s. What you presented here, Vitko, these rips are probably as close as you can get to the originals. Very solid work. Thank you once again!

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    3. Thanks -Otto-. And when they even mention your CDs, I would add that, a large number of replicated vinyl editions on a CD from the 1990s, (which are directly taken from vinyl) they had a problem that the engineering team, from who knows which reasons, forgot among the other things, to refresh them, to give them a new, more stimulating, dynamic range. Such CDs should be avoided as a plague... audio records sounds tired and miserable.

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    4. Yes, the sound of your rips is considerably better than the "Historical Masters" rips (an ironic title). Taylor's "Praxis" is another album where the master tapes have gone missing, but there is a good quality rip which was posted on Inconstant Sol a while ago.

      You're right, Cecil Taylor shines on a good quality hi-fi, even some of his poorer recordings (and pianos).

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    5. Fantastic - thanks!

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  9. Many thanks, Cecil Taylor is one of my favorite pianists

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  10. Thank you! Looking forward to this.

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  11. Vitko, thank you, the quality of your rip is fan-tas-tic !

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