Silent Tongues

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Silent Tongues
Silent Tongues.jpg
Live album by
VenueMontreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland
GenreFree jazz
Cecil Taylor chronology
Spring of Two Blue J's
Silent Tongues
Dark to Themselves

Silent Tongues is a live album by Cecil Taylor on solo piano recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1974. It features Taylor's five-movement work "Silent Tongues" along with two encores.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideB[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide5/5 stars[3]

Reviewing in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981), Robert Christgau wrote: "Since I recommend Taylor's appearances so extravagantly, it's only fair to note that there is a natural theater to his live performance that I miss on record—observing his concentration greatly increases my own. Especially solo, he's too abstract for a rock and roller to follow."[2]

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album five stars stating: "To simplify in explaining what he was doing at this point of time, it can be said that Taylor essentially plays the piano like a drum set, creating percussive and thunderous sounds that are otherworldly and full of an impressive amount of energy and atonal ideas. Many listeners will find these performances to be quite difficult but it is worth the struggle to open up one's perceptions as to what music can be".[1]

It was DownBeat's album of the year for 1975.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Cecil Taylor
  1. "Abyss (First Movement)"/"Petals and Filaments (Second Movement)"/"Jitney (Third Movement)" - 18:23
  2. "Crossing Part 1 (Fourth Movement Part 1)" - 8:36
  3. "Crossing Part 2 (Fourth Movement Part 2)" - 10:00
  4. "After All (Fifth Movement)" - 9:59
  5. "Jitney No. 2" - 4:11
  6. "After All No. 2" - 2:50
  • Recorded at Montreux on July 2, 1974



  1. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed June 10, 2011
  2. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: T". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 15, 2019 – via
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. pp. 189. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  4. ^ "1975 DownBeat Critics Poll". DownBeat. Maher Publications. Archived from the original on January 2, 2013.