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Studio album by
RecordedOctober 6, 1966
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
GenreFree jazz
LabelBlue Note
ProducerAlfred Lion
Cecil Taylor chronology
Unit Structures
Student Studies
Professional ratings
Review scores
All About Jazz4/5 stars[1]
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide5/5 stars[3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings4/4 stars[4]

Conquistador! is a 1966 studio album by free jazz pianist Cecil Taylor, released by Blue Note Records.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Writing for AllMusic, Scott Yanow gave the album 4.5 out of 5 stars, stating that "During the two lengthy pieces, [Jimmy] Lyons' passionate solos contrast with [Bill] Dixon's quieter ruminations while the music in general is unremittingly intense."[2]

In 2008, The New Yorker placed it at number 87 on the "100 Essential Jazz Albums" list.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Cecil Taylor.

2."With (Exit)"19:20
3."With (Exit) [Alternate Take]" (CD edition bonus track)17:24


Credits adapted from liner notes.


  1. ^ Fleming, Colin (October 17, 2004). "Cecil Taylor: Conquistador!". All About Jazz. Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "Conquistador! - Cecil Taylor". AllMusic. Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  3. ^ Swenson, John, ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 189. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  4. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 1381. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  5. ^ Murray, Robin (April 6, 2018). "Free Jazz Innovator Cecil Taylor Has Died". Clash. Archived from the original on April 6, 2018. Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  6. ^ Remnick, David (May 19, 2008). "100 Essential Jazz Albums". The New Yorker. Archived from the original on September 5, 2014. Retrieved July 29, 2019.

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