Air (Cecil Taylor album)

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RecordedOctober 12 & 13, 1960
Cecil Taylor chronology
The World of Cecil Taylor
Cell Walk for Celeste
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Air is an album by Cecil Taylor recorded for the Candid label in October 1960. The album features performances by Taylor with Archie Shepp, Buell Neidlinger, Denis Charles and Sunny Murray on alternate takes of material released on The World of Cecil Taylor (1960). The Allmusic review by Brian Olewnick states "One can only imagine what the reaction of the average jazz fan was in 1960 when this session was recorded. This is a wonderful document from early in Taylor's career, when he was midway between modernist approaches to standard material and his own radical experiments that would come to full fruition a few years hence... A classic recording that belongs in anyone's collection".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Cecil Tayor
  1. "Number One" [Take 1] – 12:35
  2. "Number One" [Take 2] – 8:36
  3. "Air" [Take 9] – 17:34
  4. "Air" [Take 21] – 11:24
  5. "Air" [Take 24] – 10:21
  6. "Port of Call" [Take 3] – 4:25
  • Recorded Nola's Penthouse Sound Studios, NYC, October 12 & 13, 1960



  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Olewnick, B. Allmusic Review accessed July 8, 2009.