Cecil Taylor

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by Cecil Taylor

Biography

15 March 1929, New York City, New York, USA. A towering figure in post-war avant garde jazz, Taylor has been hailed as the greatest piano virtuoso of the twentieth century because of the phenomenal power, speed and intensity of his playing. ‘We in black music think of the piano as a percussive instrument, ’ he told writer John Litweiler, ‘we beat the keyboard, we get inside the instrument... the physical force going into the making of black music - if that is misunderstood, it... Read more

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free jazz
jazz
avant-garde
piano
jazz piano
avant-garde jazz
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