Silent Tongues is one of the most wonderful live solo piano recordings ever. I once dragged a brilliant…

Silent Tongues is one of the most wonderful live solo piano recordings ever. I once dragged a brilliant biochemistry friend (who had zero training in music) into the music library and sat him down in front of a turntable – yes, we had turntables in the school library back in my days when Harrison was president). I said, “listen to this passage here…this is Louisiana boogie-woogie right here. And this passage here, there’s Bach, which is the skeleton of Bebop. This passage here….listen to the sweaty grind, it’s the furious groove of chain gang blues. There’s concurrent streams of classical, blues, and jazz history intertwined throughout.”

And just to see his face develop from furrowed confusion into a glowing bulb of recognition made it one of the most memorable achievements in my life.

Silent Tongues Full Album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VglEXrmLoC0

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/06/obituaries/cecil-taylor-dead.html

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