The Tree of Life (Cecil Taylor album)

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The Tree of Life
The Tree of Life (album).jpg
Live album by
Released1998 (1998)
RecordedMarch 19, 1991
VenueBerlin Opera House
GenreFree jazz
Cecil Taylor chronology
The Tree of Life
Always a Pleasure
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz4/4 stars[2]

The Tree of Life is a live album of a solo piano concert by Cecil Taylor recorded at the Berlin Opera House on March 19, 1991 and released on the FMP label.


The AllMusic review by Thom Jurek states "In all, The Tree of Life is a fine showcase of the musician Cecil Taylor was in 1990. He was an artist at the crossroads of his own inspirations, looking to open new vistas both creatively and intellectually to audiences who had forgotten him or were encountering him for the first time."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Cecil Taylor.

1."Period 1"1:08
2."Period 2"44:28
3."Period 3"21:29
4."Period 4"3:41
5."Period 5"2:41


Recorded at the Berlin Opera House on March 19, 1991



  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 1383. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  3. ^ Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed 21 July 2009