Melancholy (album)

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Live album by Cecil Taylor
Released 1999
Recorded September 30, 1990
Genre Free jazz
Length 70:07
Label FMP
Producer Jost Gebers
Cecil Taylor chronology
The Tree of Life
(1998)The Tree of Life1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

Melancholy is a live album by Cecil Taylor's Workshop Ensemble featuring Evan Parker, Barry Guy and Tony Oxley recorded on September 30, 1990 at the Bechstein Concert Hall in Berlin and released on the FMP label.[2]

The Allmusic review by Steven Loewy states "Taylor is unquestionably more effective as an arranger in the small group (and solo) contexts to which he is accustomed. With the ensemble, there is a sense that ideas are not always fully realized, although, to be sure, there are remarkable moments throughout. Whether charges of incomplete or confusing rehearsals are accurate is immaterial. What matters is that the results, while good, probably could have been better. Regardless, Taylor aficionados will want to own this one because of the players in the band and because of the extraordinary moments".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Cecil Taylor.
  1. "Sphere No. 1" - 20:33
  2. "Sphere No. 2" - 20:36
  3. "Sphere No. 3" - 28:59
  • Recorded at the Bechstein Concert Hall, Berlin on September 30, 1990



  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Cecil Taylor sessionography accessed 4 September 2009
  3. ^ Loewy, S. Allmusic Review accessed 4 September 2009