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Olu Iwa

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Olu Iwa

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Cecil Taylor
Producers:
Soul Note
genre:
Jazz

We gave it a B

Because avant-garde piano genius Cecil Taylor is one of the most original jazz players, any effort by him compels attention. There are occasional moments of great felicity on this new work, Olu Iwa. Midway through the title track, his fingers scamper at a wondrously improbable velocity across the keyboard. (Think of spiders on speed.) But on the much longer ”B Ee Ba Nganga Ban’a Eee!”-one of his least accessible offerings in ages-the mood grows surly and the cacophony quotient high. B

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