Cecil taylor - archie shepp - the new breed


In 1955, Taylor moved from Boston to New York City . He formed a quartet with soprano saxophonist, Steve Lacy . They played with the bassist Buell Neidlinger and drummer Dennis Charles .

Playing in this style—an aggressive near-assault on the piano, sometimes breaking keys and strings—presented challenges in terms of finding steady work. Taylor struggled to find gigs for most of the 1950s and 1960s, despite being recognized by DownBeat magazine in its "New Star" poll category. He eventually found work overseas, touring Scandinavian countries during the winter of 1962-63 with his trio, including Jimmy Lyons on alto saxophone, and Sunny Murray on drums. His approach had evolved to incorporate clusters and a dense rhythmic sensibility, coupled with a sheer physicality that often found him addressing the keyboard with open palms, elbows, and forearms. His solo piano recordings are some of the most challenging and rewarding to listen to in all of jazz.

Jeff has some great memorabilia from the six-day track racing era, and the bikes are intertwined with personal stories from the old racers.  Imagine Lance Armstrong’s bike on display and a story about the time that he overshot a corner and fell on a spectator along the roadside with that bike.  We have those kind of connections and anecdotes, but they involve riders with names like Frank Bartell or Joe Kopsky, not Lance Armstrong or Fabian Cancellara.


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