Album Review

Taylor, Cecil / Dixon, Bill / Oxley, Tony – “Taylor Dixon Oxley ” – [Victo]

Jawbone   5/2/2007   CD, Jazz

A dragon headed locomotive on square wheels burning acrid plastics wobbles out of the station. Slowly pushing uphill it shudders and vibrates. Reaching the crest it starts down, gaining momentum, rumbling, shaking, picking up speed, almost plunging off the tracks into the abyss below, but it miraculously reaches the bottom and starts up the next hill.

Cecil Taylor on piano is the rumbling engine. The fire breathing dragonhead is Bill Dixon spitting into his trumpet and drummer Tony Oxley comprises the square wheels on this excellent live free jazz CD recorded May 19, 2002 in Quebec.

Consisting of three tracks clocking in at 45 minutes, 8 minutes and a minute-and-a-half, this is for the adventurous free jazz spirits, but it pays off with excellent creativity and musicianship.


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