Cecil Taylor

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Cecil Taylor
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Background information
Birth nameCecil Percival Taylor
Born(1929-03-25)March 25, 1929
Queens, New York City, U.S.
DiedApril 5, 2018(2018-04-05) (aged 89)
Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
GenresJazz, avant-garde jazz, free jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, bandleader, composer, poet
InstrumentsPiano
Years active1956–2018
LabelsTransition, Blue Note, Freedom, Hathut, Enja, FMP
Associated actsSteve Lacy, Jimmy Lyons, Archie Shepp, Albert Ayler, Buell Neidlinger, Alan Silva, William Parker, Sunny Murray, Andrew Cyrille, Tony Oxley, Anthony Braxton, Alan Silva, Art Ensemble of Chicago, John Coltrane

Cecil Percival Taylor (March 25, 1929 – April 5, 2018)[1][2][3][4] was an American pianist and poet.[5][6]

Taylor was known as having been one of the pioneers of free jazz. His music is characterized as energetic, physical approach, producing complex improvised sounds. His piano technique has been likened to percussion, for example described as "eighty-eight tuned drums" (referring to the number of keys on a standard piano).[7][8]

Taylor died at his Brooklyn, New York home on April 5, 2018 at the age of 89.[9][10]

References[change | change source]

  1. Schray, Martin. "Cecil Taylor (1929 - 2018)". The Free Jazz Collective. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  2. "Le pianiste de free jazz Cecil Taylor est mort". Libération. April 6, 2018. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  3. Ribi, Thomas (April 6, 2018). "Ein Gründervater des Free Jazz –Cecil Taylor ist gestorben". Neue Zürcher Zeitung. NZZ Mediengruppe. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  4. Seisdedos, Iker (April 6, 2018). "Muere el pianista Cecil Taylor, indomable leyenda del jazz". El Pais. Ediciones El Pais S.L. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  5. Such, David Glen (1993). avant-garde jazz musicians: performing 'out there'. University of Iowa Press. p. 61. ISBN 9781587292316.
  6. Yanow, Scott (2008). "Cecil Taylor biography", AllMusic.
  7. Wilmer, Val (1977). As Serious As Your Life: The Story of the New Jazz. Quartet. p. 45. ISBN 0-7043-3164-0.
  8. Fordham, John (January 21, 2005). "Cecil Taylor, One Too Many Salty Swift and Not Goodbye". The Guardian. London. Retrieved March 26, 2011. Taylor plays the piano [...] like Art Tatum with contemporary-classical leanings...
  9. "Cecil Taylor, Jazz Icon Of The Avant-Garde, Dies At 89". NPR.org. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  10. "Cecil Taylor Dead at 89 | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2018-04-06.

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