Jumpin' Punkins

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Jumpin' Punkins
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Studio album by Cecil Taylor
Released 1987
Recorded January 9 & 10, 1961
Genre Jazz
Length 33:23
Label Candid
Cecil Taylor chronology
Cell Walk for Celeste
(1961)Cell Walk for Celeste1961
Jumpin' Punkins
New York City R&B
(1961)New York City R&B1961
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Jumpin' Punkins is an album by Cecil Taylor recorded for the Candid label in January 1961 but not issued in the States until 1987. The first release was in Japan by CBS/Sony in 1974. The album features performances by Taylor with Archie Shepp, Buell Neidlinger and Denis Charles with Billy Higgins, Clark Terry, Roswell Rudd, Steve Lacy and Charles Davis added on one track. Additional recordings from these sessions were released on New York City R&B in 1971 and Cell Walk for Celeste in 1988.

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Cecil Tayor except as indicated
  1. "Jumpin' Punkins" [Take 6] (Mercer Ellington) - 8:15
  2. "O.P." [Take 1] (Buell Neidlinger) - 7:35
  3. "I Forgot" [Take 1] (Cecil Taylor) - 8:34
  4. "Things Ain't What They Used to Be" [Take 3] (Ellington, Ted Persons) - 8:55
  • Recorded Nola's Penthouse Sound Studios, NYC, January 9 (track 4) & 10 (tracks 1-3), 1961