On this record is heard a new American jazz group. Certainly one of the most important in recent years and yet one with which the American jazz public has had almost no opportunity of getting acquainted. It was formed with a special view to an engagement in Copenhagen, as no club in New York would, in 1963, be interested in sustaining a group like this during its formative period. Also, its first recordings were made during that stay in Copenhagen, as almost no American record companies could, in 1963, be persuaded to invest in music of this kind.
We are thus facing a situation unknown in the history of jazz up till now, a situation where important develop- ments take place outside of the United States. In par- ticular, the Jazzhus Montmartre in Copenhagen seems to be out to becoming something like the Minton’s Play House of the ‘sixties. This club also had the Cecil Taylor Trio in residence for a whole month in late 1962, during which period Taylor made what were at the time of writ- ing his only known records in more than two years.