Alms/Tiergarten (Spree)

Alms/Tiergarten (Spree) is a live album by Cecil Taylor with the Cecil Taylor European Orchestra recorded in Berlin on July 2, 1988, as part of month-long series of concerts by Taylor and released on the FMP label.[3]

Alms/Tiergarten (Spree)
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Live album by
RecordedJuly 2, 1988
GenreFree jazz
Cecil Taylor chronology
The Hearth
Alms/Tiergarten (Spree)
Professional ratings
Review scores
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings[2]

Critical receptionEdit

The AllMusic review by "Blue" Gene Tyranny states "This set is interesting primarily to hear European musicians interpret Taylor's kinesthetic directing...mostly an intense density of "free playing" (actually following specific internalized instructions and images) with almost everyone going on different gestures at once, with slow unison melodies emerging from the environment".[4] Describing the album as “deeply moving”, The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings says it is “a monumental event, the colossal sonic impact tempered by Taylor’s own unflinching, instinctual control and a grasp of dynamics and dramatic possibility which is breathtaking.”[2]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by Cecil Taylor.
  1. "Involution/Evolution" – 58:51
  2. "Weight-Breath-Sounding Trees" – 63:48
    • Recorded in Berlin on July 2, 1988



  1. ^ AllMusic Review
  2. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 1381-1382. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  3. ^ Cecil Taylor sessionography accessed 3 September 2009
  4. ^ Tyranny, G. AllMusic Review accessed 3 September 2009