Silent Tongues

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Silent Tongues
Silent Tongues.jpg
Live album by Cecil Taylor
Released 1974
Recorded 1974
Venue Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland
Genre Free jazz
Length 52:03
Label Freedom
Cecil Taylor chronology
Spring of Two Blue J's
(1973)Spring of Two Blue J's1973
Silent Tongues
Dark to Themselves
(1976)Dark to Themselves1976

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.


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]Downbeat magazine album of the year for 1975.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide5/5 stars[2]

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. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 189. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.