By Nate Chinen | NPR | 3 months 1 week ago | Music
Over a career that sprawled across six full decades, Taylor maintained an unwavering standard of expedition. And what he discovered — in an endless, boundless process — was a world unto himself. (Image credit: Stuart Nicholson/Redferns)
By | Rolling Stone | 3 months 1 week ago | Music
A classic Cecil Taylor moment occurred at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in 1978. That summer, the iconoclastic pianist – who died Thursday at the age of 89 – performed for Jimmy Carter at the White House Jazz Festival. The commander-in-chief was so taken with what he heard that he chased Taylor down afterward and cornered him. "The first thing the president said to me," Taylor
By Rhian Daly | NME | 3 months 1 week ago | Music
The musician collaborated with the likes of John Coltrane and Max Roach during his career Cecil Taylor onstage in 1994 Jazz pioneer Cecil Taylor has died, it has been confirmed. The avant-garde musician passed away at his home in Brooklyn on Thursday evening (April 5) according to NPR . He was 89 years old. Taylor was born in Corona, Queens on March 25, 1929, and began playing piano at the age...
By Dale Eisinger | SPIN | 3 months 1 week ago | Music
Cecil Taylor , a towering figure of free jazz and the avant-garde, died yesterday at the age of 89 in his Fort Greene, Brooklyn home, NPR confirmed this morning. A cause of death is not immediately known. Taylor, born in Corona, Queens in 1929, imagined a new language for the piano, recasting the instrument as a…