Cecil Percival Taylor March 25, — April 5,    Totally Complete (interlude) - Phillip Bryant - Gracefully   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 Jumpin Punkins (Take 5) - Cecil Taylor - Cell Walk For Celeste. Referring to the number of keys on a standard piano, Val Wilmer used the phrase "eighty-eight tuned drums" to describe Taylor's style. At the New England Conservatory, Taylor majored in composition and arranging.
During his time there, he also became familiar with contemporary European art music. Throughout the s and s, Taylor's music grew more complex and moved away from existing jazz styles. Gigs were often hard to come by, and club owners found that Taylor's approach of playing long pieces tended to impede business. Unlike others at the time, Taylor utilized virtuosic techniques and made swift stylistic shifts from phrase to phrase.
These qualities, among others, still remain notable distinctions of Taylor's music today. Landmark recordings, like Unit Structuresalso appeared. Within the Unit, musicians were able to develop new forms of conversational interplay. ByTaylor was working regularly with alto saxophonist Jimmy Lyonswho would become one of his most important and consistent collaborators. Lyons' playing, strongly influenced by jazz icon Charlie Parkerretained a strong blues sensibility and helped keep Taylor's increasingly avant garde music tethered to the jazz tradition.
Taylor began to perform solo concerts in the latter half of the s. Two days earlier, Taylor had played the same composition in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. His production combined the original script with a chorus of orchestrated voices used as instruments. Wareand Raphe Malik performed in the production as the Cecil Taylor Unit, among other musicians and actors.
He also performed with larger ensembles and big band projects. The classical label Bridge released his Library of Congress performance Algonquina duet with violinist Mat Maneri.
Taylor was also featured in a documentary film entitled Imagine the Soundin which he discusses and performs his music, poetry, and dance. Inhe was awarded the Kyoto Prize for Music. In addition to piano, Taylor was always interested in ballet and dance.
Taylor's mother, who died while he was young, was a dancer and played the piano and violin. Taylor once said: "I try to imitate on the piano the leaps in space a dancer makes. The album Chinampasreleased by Leo Records inis a recording of Taylor reciting several of his poems while accompanying himself on percussion. Taylor's style and methods have been described as " constructivist ".
Playing with Taylor I began to be liberated from thinking about chords. I'd been imitating John Coltrane unsuccessfully and because of that I was really chord conscious. Injazz critic Stanley Crouch wrote that Taylor was gay, prompting an angry response. Chiari Di Luna - Nicola Piovani - Musiques De Films said, 'Do you think a three-letter word defines the complexity of my humanity?
Taylor moved to Fort Greene, Brooklyn in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the Scottish playwright, see C. Main article: Cecil Taylor discography. University of Iowa Press. The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz. Oxford University Press. The Free Jazz Collective.
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