Sessionography of Cecil Taylor: Introduction

This document is a sessionography of Cecil Taylor, which is to say, a listing organized around recording sessions and performances (and not around, say, record releases), but is restricted to sessions that have been publicly released on recordings. In that sense, it's also a discography. Each entry corresponds to a single session or performance, including as much information as I could gather about issues of the material in question. The order of the entries is as close to chronological as I could get it.

Unless otherwise noted in the composer credits, these pieces are composed by Cecil Taylor. Similarly, unless otherwise noted in the credited artists, these records are credited to Cecil Taylor (or 'The Cecil Taylor Quartet' or whatever).

A word about timings. There are often slight disagreements between listed timings on alternate issues of the same release. I've generally chosen the one on the record I own, on the assumption that any difference less than a minute is a difference in reporting rather than a difference in actual musical content. More substantial differences, typically between lp and cd issues, are noted.

This discography should be reasonably complete in its coverage of released Cecil Taylor records, including bootlegs but excluding privately circulated tapes and unreleased material from otherwise released sessions. On the other hand, the coverage of alternate issues is probably incomplete.

Damon Short has posted another a listing of cd releases and reissues through 1995, put together by Heinrich Lukas Lindenmaier. It can be found in the addendum to Mr Short's own essay, The Music of Cecil Taylor. Interested readers may want to consult this site.

For an obsessively complete listing of all Cecil Taylor live performances, recorded or not, see CTResearch .

More Cecil Taylor on the Web can be found at Mystic Fire's page.

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The format of the entries is as follows:

Date and place of recording

  1. Track 1 (composer credit) duration
  2. Track 2 (composer credit) duration
  3. .
  4. .
  5. Track n (composer credit) duration

Performer credits

Release name [:artist credit,] label (country) cat# (format) date [tracks]
Release name [:artist credit,] label (country) cat# (format) date [tracks]


Release name [:artist credit]


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