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Cecil Taylor - Silent Tongues


1Crossing (Fourth Movement), Part One + Part Two18:40
2After All (Fifth Movement)9:51
3Silent Tongue
4After All No. 22:50
5Abyss (First Movement), Petals & Filaments (Second Movement), Jitney (Third Movement)18:24
6Jitney No. 24:11


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
AL 1005Cecil Taylor Silent Tongues: Live At Montreux '74 ‎(LP, Album)Arista, FreedomAL 1005US1975
FLP 41005Cecil Taylor Silent Tongues: Live At Montreux '74 ‎(LP, Album, RE)FreedomFLP 41005Germany1975
AL 1005Cecil Taylor Silent Tongues: Live At Montreux '74 ‎(LP, Album)Arista, FreedomAL 1005Canada1975
FLP 40146Cecil Taylor Silent Tongues ‎(LP)FreedomFLP 40146Italy1975
CD 877633-2Cecil Taylor Silent Tongues ‎(CD, Album, RE, RM)Black Lion Records, Da MusicCD 877633-2Germany2001


  • Cover [Sleeve Art]Benno Friedmann
  • EngineerStephan Sulke
  • Piano, Composed ByCecil Taylor
  • ProducerAlan Bates, Michael Cuscuna


Recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival, 2nd July 1974.

© ℗ Black Lion Records 1975

Printed and made in Western Germany.

Durations of the 5 tracks from CD player. They differ from the durations, given on the cover.


  • Barcode: none
  • Label Code: LC 2940
  • Rights Society: M.C.P.S.
  • Matrix / Runout: FCD41005-P+O-0316-07-87 06


  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Black Lion Records Ltd.
  • Copyright (c) – Black Lion Records Ltd.
  • Recorded At – Montreux Jazz Festival
  • Made By – P+O Pallas – 0316
  • Printed By – H.O. Persiehl



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. Reviewing in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies 1981, Robert Christgau wrote: Since I recommend Taylor's appearances so extravagantly, it's only fair to note that there is a natural theater to his live performance that I miss on record-observing his concentration greatly increases my own. This is a classic Cecil Taylor solo concert, performed at the 1974 Montreux Jazz Festival. Taylor plays his five-movement work Silent Tongues, along with a couple of brief encores. 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. Album 1974 5 Songs. Other Versions. Silent Tongues. 5 Songs. 6 Songs. More by Cecil Taylor. Taylor: Algonquin Live. Cecil Taylor, Abyss, album Silent tongues, live at Montreux Jazz Festival, 1974 Silent Tongues is a live album by Cecil Taylor on solo piano recorded Taylor. 2020 Original Recordings. Hard Driving Jazz. Cecil Taylor, Dennis Charles, Steve Lacy, Buell Neidlinger, Cecil Taylor Tio & Quartet. Cecil Taylor. 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 mus. Cecil Taylor Sessions, Vol. 2017 Original Album plus Bonus Track. Looking Ahead Cecil Taylor. Silent Tongues is a music album by Cecil Taylor released in 1974. Silent Tongues is ranked 14,274th in the overall chart, 1,995th in the 1970s, and 193rd in the year 1974. Cecil Taylor - Silent Tongues Vinyl LP Reissue vinyl lp ltd rare OMLP2119 Condition: New. Time left: 4h 8m 58s Ships to: Worldwide. Silent Tongues, 1987. Jitney, No. After All, No. Silent Tongues is a live recording that captures Taylor at his best, playing solo. Along with the constant antonality, you can sometimes hear bits of familiar music, blues riffs chopped to pieces or flowery classical romanticism gone berserk. It seems Taylor tries to avoid the modernisms of the EvansTyner sound and draws more from early jazz piano players from Jelly Roll and Eubie Blake up to Art Tatum. Sometimes I feel like Im listening to ragtime run through a blender. Some might try to draw comparisons between Taylor and the piano work of Sun Ra, but Im sure those two were well aware

Cecil Taylor - Silent Tongues
Performer: Cecil Taylor
Genre: Jazz
Title: Silent Tongues
Country: UK & Europe
Released: 1987
Style: Free Improvisation
MP3 album: 1026 mb
FLAC album: 1220 mb
Source: CD, Album, Reissue
№ Cat: FLP 41005
Label: Freedom