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Cecil Taylor
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1929-03-15
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Biography

Determinedly avant garde, Taylor is one of the most controversial figures in jazz - an artist who found it hard to make a living from his conception of the music when it was at its most original, but someone who ...

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Determinedly avant garde, Taylor is one of the most controversial figures in jazz - an artist who found it hard to make a living from his conception of the music when it was at its most original, but someone who was lionised in later life as a founding father of the free jazz movement of the 1950s.

He was conventionally trained, and during his time at the New England Conservatory also took part in Boston's burgeoning modern-jazz scene. By the time he arrived in New York in 1956, steeped in many aspects of contemporary classical music as well as jazz, he soon made his mark as an uncompromising free player.

He held down a celebrated residency at New York's Five Spot, and began recording with a quartet that included saxophonist Steve Lacy. Later, he worked with saxophonists Archie Shepp or Jimmy Lyons. These groups were every bit as free and radical in their conception as the contemporary quartet led by Ornette Coleman.

At the heart of their work was Taylor's piano playing, which soon shed any obvious connection with conventional melody and harmony. He produced abstract clusters of sound, hitting the kys in unorthodox ways, and creating unfamiliar combinations of notes.

Even his most abstract playing had a rhythmic unity, and his lenghty improvisations had an underlying shape, as was obvious both from his long and fruitful association with Blue Note records, who documented his work at length, and his association with drummer Sunny Murray and bassist Henry Grimes, who devised appropriate ways to interact with Taylor's playing.

Gradually he found success to go with his critical acclaim, eventually culminating in a McArthur Foundation 'genius' award, similar to that given to Ornette Coleman. In the last thirty years he has worked with a huge diversity of musicians on the world avant garde scene, and secured his place as one of the most inventive, if disturbing, piano soloists in jazz.


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Buell Neidlinger, Cecil Taylor, Cecil Taylor & Dennis Charles
Rick Kick Shaw
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Rick Kick Shaw Rick Kick Shaw Rick Kick Shaw Rick Kick Shaw
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Excursion On A Wobbly Rail
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Excursion On A Wobbly Rail Excursion On A Wobbly Rail Excursion On A Wobbly Rail Excursion On A Wobbly Rail
Cecil Taylor & Mary Lou Williams
I Can't Get Started
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I Can't Get Started I Can't Get Started I Can't Get Started I Can't Get Started
Buell Neidlinger, Cecil Taylor, Cecil Taylor, Cecil Taylor, Steve Lacy & Dennis Charles
Johnny Come Lately
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Johnny Come Lately Johnny Come Lately Johnny Come Lately Johnny Come Lately
Cecil Taylor
You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
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You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
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N + R (Live Is Friends)
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N + R (Live Is Friends) N + R (Live Is Friends) N + R (Live Is Friends) N + R (Live Is Friends)
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I (Sister Young'n)
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I (Sister Young'n) I (Sister Young'n) I (Sister Young'n) I (Sister Young'n)
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Corn In Sun
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Corn In Sun Corn In Sun Corn In Sun Corn In Sun
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Cecil Taylor Unit
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Cecil Taylor Unit Cecil Taylor Unit Cecil Taylor Unit Cecil Taylor Unit
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Water
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Water Water Water Water
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Johnny Come Lately
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Johnny Come Lately Johnny Come Lately Johnny Come Lately Johnny Come Lately
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Port Call
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Port Call Port Call Port Call Port Call
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Conquistador
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Conquistador Conquistador Conquistador Conquistador
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