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  1. Cecil Taylor: Cecil Percival Taylor is an American pianist and poet. Classically trained, Taylor is generally acknowledged as one of the pioneers of free jazz. His music is characterized by an extremely energetic, physical approach, producing complex improvised sounds, frequently involving tone clusters and intricate polyrhythms. His piano technique has been likened to percussion, for example described as "eighty-eight tuned drums". He has also been described as "like Art Tatum with contemporary-classical leanings".
    • also known as Taylor, Cecil; Cecil Percival Taylor; Cecil Taylor Trio; Cecil P. Taylor
    • born on (86 years ago) in Long Island
    • nationality: United States of America
    • education: Bachelor's degree (Musical composition) at New England Conservatory of Music, graduated in
    • profession: Jazz pianist, composer, bandleader, pianist, poet
    • member of musical groups:
    • genres: Avant-garde jazz, Free jazz, Jazz
    • albums: "The Cecil Taylor Unit", "Love for Sale", "Silent Tongues", "Conquistador!", "Jazz Advance", "Leaf Palm Hand", "Nefertiti, The Beautiful One Has Come", "Unit Structures", "It Is in the Brewing Luminous", "Legba Crossing", "Spots, Circles, and Fantasy", "Garden 1", "3 Phasis", "Garden 2", "Hard Drivin' Jazz", "In East-Berlin", "Olu Iwa", "Indent", "The Complete Candid Recordings of Cecil Taylor and Buell Neidlinger", "The Eighth", "The Tree of Life", "The Willisau Concert", "Les Génies Du Jazz, VI 08 - Cecil Taylor (1960 - 1961)", "The World of Cecil Taylor", "In Florescence", "New York City R&B", "Jumpin' Punkins", "At Newport", "Air", "Student Studies", "Praxis", "Cell Walk for Celeste", "The Great Concert of Cecil Taylor", "Live in the Black Forest", "For Olim", "Double Holy House", "Air Above Mountains", "Spring of Two Blue J's", "Nailed", "Solo", "Always a Pleasure", "Winged Serpent (Sliding Quadrants)", "Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly!", "Garden", "Tzotzil/Mummers/Tzotzil", "Looking (Berlin Version) Corona", "Live in Vienna", "Remembrance", "Regalia", "Riobec"
    • written works: "Good", "Bring me smiles", "Good a Tragedy", "Making a television play", "The Ballachulish beat", "North"
    • filmography: "Imagine the Sound"
    • some of the awards:
        • Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities, US & Canada (Music Research)
        • MacArthur Fellowship - "Music"
        • Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy
  2. Cecil Taylor: Cecil Philip Taylor, usually credited as C. P. Taylor, was a Scottish playwright. He wrote almost 80 plays during his 16 years as a professional playwright, including several for radio and television. He also made a number of documentary programmes for the BBC. His plays tended to draw on his Jewish background and his Socialist viewpoint, and to be written in dialect.

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Recorded Sound (2004)

by Frank Hoffmann

Pianist Cecil Taylor had begun stretching the formal and harmonic foundations of jazz totheir limits asearly as 1955. Hisfirst LP, Jazz Advance (Blue Note #CDP7 84462), isa fine early example. Aroundthe same time,similar advances were ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Percussion (2013)

by John H. Beck

(with pianist Cecil Taylor, b.1933), and Sonny Murray (b. 1937). Complete freedomin this music permits the drummer to respond to the musicin any manner, either by providing a time line that may or may not be adhered to by the other ...

Google previewOrganizing Black America: An Encyclopedia of African American Associations (2003)

by Nina Mjagkij

United States, including Roswell Rudd, Jon Winter, Burton Green, Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp, Sun Ra, Carla Bley, Paul Bley from Canada, Mike Mantler from Austria, and John Tchicai from Denmark. The guild soughtto establishjazz music, ...

Google previewThe Queer Encyclopedia of Music, Dance, and Musical Theater (2012)

by Claude Summers

Avantgarde jazz pianist Cecil Taylor, born in Boston in 1929, is another postbebop musician with a very muscular style of playing the piano. John Gill records that, in 1985, Taylor gave an interview to a San Francisco newspaper that stressed ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of New York City (2010)

Second Edition by Kenneth T. Jackson, Lisa Keller, Nancy Flood

also a popular recording spot; and the Five Spot, where progressives like saxophonist Ornette Coleman and pianist Cecil Taylor enjoyed extended residencies.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (2017)

by Steve Sullivan

Cecil Taylor Recorded in May 1966 for the Blue Note album “Unit Structures” (Jazz-#369) Cecil Taylor is one of those post-modern jazz artists who can be a tough “sell” for those whose jazz ...

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The quality of life, values that go down to doin' that, that's the issue. (Cecil Taylor)
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