Cecil Taylor

Born 25 March 1929. Died 5 April 2018
Cecil Taylor
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1929-03-25
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Cecil Taylor

Cecil Taylor Biography (BBC)

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.

Cecil Taylor Biography (Wikipedia)

Cecil Percival Taylor (March 25, 1929 – April 5, 2018) was an American pianist and poet.

Taylor was classically trained and was one of the pioneers of free jazz. His music is characterized by an energetic, physical approach, resulting in complex improvisation often involving tone clusters and intricate polyrhythms. His technique has been compared to percussion. Referring to the number of keys on a standard piano, Val Wilmer used the phrase "eighty-eight tuned drums" to describe Taylor's style. He has been referred to as being "like Art Tatum with contemporary-classical leanings".

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T (Beautiful Young'n)
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T (Beautiful Young'n)
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Bemsha Swing
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Bemsha Swing
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Mixed
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Mixed
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Jitney No. 2
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Jitney No. 2
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N+R (Love Is Friends)
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N+R (Love Is Friends)
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Sector 1
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Sector 1
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The Willisau Concert - Part 3
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The Willisau Concert - Part 3
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Duets - Part 1
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Duets - Part 1
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For The Rabbit
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For The Rabbit
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Enter, Evening (Soft Line Structure)
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Enter, Evening (Soft Line Structure)
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Bulbs
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Bulbs
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Jumpin Punkins
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Jumpin Punkins
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Rick Kick Shaw
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Rick Kick Shaw
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This Nearly Was Mine
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This Nearly Was Mine
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Port Of Call
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Port Of Call
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Jitney No 2
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Jitney No 2
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Azure
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Azure
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African Violets
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African Violets
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Lazy Afternoon
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Lazy Afternoon
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Conquistador
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Conquistador
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N&R Live Is Friends
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N&R Live Is Friends
Mary Lou Williams
Back to the blues
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Back to the blues
Buell Neidlinger
Rick Kick Shaw
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Rick Kick Shaw
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Excursion On A Wobbly Rail
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Excursion On A Wobbly Rail
Mary Lou Williams
I Can't Get Started
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I Can't Get Started

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Mary Lou Williams
Buell Neidlinger
Johnny Come Lately
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Johnny Come Lately
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Get Out Of Town
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Get Out Of Town
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I love Paris
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I love Paris
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You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
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You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
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I (Sister Young'n)
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I (Sister Young'n)
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Corn In Sun
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Corn In Sun
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Cecil Taylor Unit
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Cecil Taylor Unit
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Of What
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Of What
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Water
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Water
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Johnny Come Lately
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Johnny Come Lately
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