2 Blues for Cecil is an album by drummer Andrew Cyrille, double-bassist William Parker, and flugelhornist Enrico Rava, in homage to the one and only Cecil Taylor. The music was recorded by Ludovic Lanen at Studios Ferber in Paris, France, on February 1 and 2, 2021, and the album was released on January 21, 2022, by TUM Records.
Andrew Cyrille, William Parker, Enrico Rava
On the album, three legends of modern improvised music join together in a tribute to the late, great pianist and bandleader Cecil Taylor (1929-2018). While the players share a common bond through their separate time spent performing and recording with Taylor, the trio represents the first time they played together, first in a tribute to Cecil Taylor, with Taylor himself present, at the Whitney Museum in April 2016. 2 Blues For Cecil was recorded in February of 2021.
"Blues for Cecil No. 2" is one of four collective improvisations on the album, which also features compositions by each member of the trio, as well as a jazz standard ("My Funny Valentine"). The trio does not seek to emulate Taylor’s approach to creating music but rather draws on all the experiences, separate and shared, of its members. “Cecil was a spokesman for individuality, a musical warrior always operating on a high level,” says Parker. “He was not avant-garde, he was a human being who loves life as music. He would not be boxed in by the music world’s value system that asks artists to conform to their standards.”