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Cecil Taylor

Cecil Taylor
Born: Mar 25, 1929 in Long Island, NY
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Genre: Classical, Jazz, Other
Biography: Soon after he first emerged in the mid-'50s, pianist Cecil Taylor was the most advanced improviser in jazz; five decades later he is still the most radical. Although in his early days he used some standards as vehicles for improvisation, since the early '60s Taylor has stuck exclusively to originals. ...Read full biography
Unit Structures
Released: 1966
Label: EMI
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After several years off records, pianist Cecil Taylor finally had an opportunity to document his music of the mid-'60s on two Blue Note albums (the other one was Conquistador). Taylor's high-energy atonalism ...Read full review
Silent Tongues
Released: 1974
Label: Freedom
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This is a classic Cecil Taylor solo concert, performed at the 1974 Montreux Jazz Festival. Taylor plays his five-movement work "Silent Tongues," along with a couple of brief encores. To simplify in explaining ...Read full review