Unit Structures

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Unit Structures
Cecil Taylor-Unit Structures (album cover).jpg
Studio album by Cecil Taylor
Released 1966
Recorded May 19, 1966
Studio Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Genre Free jazz
Length 46:27
Label Blue Note
Producer Alfred Lion
Cecil Taylor chronology
Nefertiti, the Beautiful One Has Come
(1962)Nefertiti, the Beautiful One Has Come1962
Unit Structures
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[1]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz 4.5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 5/5 stars[3]

Unit Structures is a 1966 studio album by free jazz pianist Cecil Taylor, released by Blue Note Records.

Critical reception[edit]

The AllMusic reviewer Scott Yanow states "Taylor's high-energy atonalism fit in well with the free jazz of the period but he was actually leading the way rather than being part of a movement... In fact, it could be safely argued that no jazz music of the era approached the ferocity and intensity of Cecil Taylor's".[1] The Penguin Guide to Jazz awarded it four and a half stars, writing "Unit Structures is both as mathematically complex as its title suggests and as rich in colour and sound as the ensemble proposes, with the orchestrally varied sounds of the two bassists — Grimes a strong, elemental driving force, Silva tonally fugitive and mysterious — while Stevens and McIntyre add other hues and Lyons improvises with and against them."[2]

In 2008, Unit Structures was listed on Cokemachineglow's "30 'Other' Albums of the 1960s".[4] In 2017, Pitchfork placed it at number 197 on the "200 Best Albums of the 1960s" list.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Cecil Taylor.

No. Title Length
1. "Steps" 10:20
2. "Enter, Evening" 11:06
3. "Enter, Evening (Alternate Take)" (CD edition bonus track) 10:11
4. "Unit Structure/As of a Now/Section" 17:47
5. "Tales (8 Whisps)" 7:14


Credits adapted from liner notes.


  1. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "Unit Structures - Cecil Taylor". AllMusic. Retrieved January 24, 2018. 
  2. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2004). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD (7th ed.). Penguin Books. 
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. US: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 189. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  4. ^ "30 "Other" Albums of the 1960s (1/3)". Cokemachineglow. July 5, 2008. Retrieved January 24, 2018. 
  5. ^ "The 200 Best Albums of the 1960s (1/10)". Pitchfork. August 22, 2017. Retrieved January 24, 2018. 

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