ALBUM REVIEWS : *** CECIL TAYLOR "In Florescence" A&M;

This trio date, keyboardist Taylor's first U.S. release in a decade, is a rolling, often riotous string of short works that have all the usual Taylorisms--pounding exchanges between right and left hands, splashy ascensions and repeated figures charged with dissonance--but also holds surprising moments of lyricism and quiet beauty. The pieces form a loosely knit whole notable for its dynamic variety, but their brevity prohibits the kind of sustained, emotional onslaught the pianist pulls off in person. Bassist William Parker and percussionist Gregg Bendian play decidedly secondary roles, while Taylor's occasional ceremonious vocalizations serve only to distract from the music.

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