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Cecil Taylor’s new root songs

The latest album by the great American avant jazz pianist Cecil Taylor, who turned 80 in March, is a limited edition double vinyl set...

Titled Ailanthus/Altissima: Bilateral Dimensions Of Two Root Songs, the two LP set is culled from tapes of Taylor and drummer Tony Oxley recorded during their residency at New York’s Village Vanguard in July 2008. The set, which is being issued by Triple Point Records, will be available on vinyl only in a limited run of 475 copies. More details on the record and its full contents are available at the Triple Point site. They’re taking pre-orders now.

This is Taylor’s first album since 2004’s The Owner Of The Riverbank. Meanwhile, 4 Hands, Japanese director Yasuhiko Shirai’s film documenting a 2007 concert by Taylor and fellow pianist Yosuke Yamashita, still awaits a full blown cinematic and/or DVD release.