Cecil Taylor Biography

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Birth Name: Cecil Percival Taylor
Born: 1929/03/25
Birth Place: New York City
Years Active: 1956 - present
Genres: Avant-garde Jazz

Cecil Percival Taylor (born March 15 or March 25, 1929 in New York City) 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" (referring to the number of keys on a standard piano).




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