Cecil Taylor

~ Person


Mr Cecil Percival Taylor is one of the few legends of free jazz, arguably one of the major musicians of the second half of the 20th century, although his music is often considered hard to understand (some even say hard to hear).
A master pianist, he began his career in the mid 50's, at that time already an adventurous post-bop pianist, still somewhat under Monk's influence.
In a few major steps, from Jazz Advance to Love for Sale, to the Candid sessions that redefined the meaning of looking ahead, he developped an entirely unique approach of piano play, ultimately recording two Blue Note sessions (Conquistador and Unit Structures) that would establish him as one of the most radical, controversial and enraged cat of the "new" wave known as Free Jazz.
From then on he pursued goals he and his Unit only were able to reach, recording an impressive amount of material and featuring in incredible live sessions. He also recorded duets with both Mary Lou Williams (Embraced) and Max Roach (Historic Concerts).
Although nearly 80 years old now, Mr Taylor is still touring, with the very same unaltered energy and unique volubility.

Annotation last modified on 2006-05-22 00:01 UTC.

Legal name: Cecil Percival Taylor



1956Jazz AdvanceCecil Taylor3
1960The World Of Cecil TaylorCecil Taylor1
1961Jumpin’ PunkinsCecil Taylor1
1962Nefertiti, The Beautiful One Has ComeCecil Taylor5
1966Unit StructuresCecil Taylor45
1967Conquistador!Cecil Taylor5
1971Nuits De La Fondation MaeghtCecil Taylor1
1972New York City R&BCecil Taylor, Buell Neidlinger2
1973SoloCecil Taylor1
1973Student StudiesCecil Taylor2
1978EmbracedMary Lou Williams & Cecil Taylor2
1978The Cecil Taylor UnitCecil Taylor42
1981Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly!Cecil Taylor1
1984Historic ConcertsMax Roach and Cecil Taylor1
1987For OlimCecil Taylor1
1988Cell Walk for CelesteCecil Taylor1
1989Erzulie Maketh ScentCecil Taylor1
1989In East-BerlinCecil Taylor1
1989It Is In The Brewing LuminousCecil Taylor1
1989Leaf Palm HandCecil Taylor1
1989Legba CrossingCecil Taylor1
1989Pleistozaen Mit WasserCecil Taylor & Derek Bailey1
1989Spots, Circles, and FantasyCecil Taylor1
1990AirCecil Taylor1
1990In FlorescenceCecil Taylor2
1994Olu IwaCecil Taylor1
19963 PhasisCecil Taylor1
1998Love for SaleCecil Taylor2
1999Momentum SpaceDewey Redman, Cecil Taylor & Elvin Jones1
2001The World of Cecil TaylorCecil Taylor1
2002Cecil Taylor / Bill Dixon / Tony OxleyCecil Taylor / Bill Dixon / Tony Oxley1
2002The Willisau ConcertCecil Taylor1
2009Piano Solo at Town Hall 1971Cecil Taylor1
2010The Complete Remastered Recordings On Black Saint & Soul NoteCecil Taylor1
2017CT: The Dance ProjectCecil Taylor, William Parker, Masashi Harada1
Dreaming of the Masters Vol.2Art Ensemble of Chicago with Cecil Taylor1
Port Of CallCecil Taylor1

Album + Compilation

1977The Great Concert of Cecil TaylorCecil Taylor1
1989The Complete Candid Recordings of Cecil Taylor and Buell NeidlingerCecil Taylor1
2014The Complete Collection 1956-1962Cecil Taylor1

Album + Live

1963Live at the Cafe MontmartreCecil Taylor1
1971Nuits De La Fondation Maeght - 29 Juillet 69Cecil Taylor1
1975Silent TonguesCecil Taylor3
1977Air Above MountainsCecil Taylor1
1977Nachricht vom LandeFriedrich Gulda, Ursula Anders, Barre Phillips, John Surman, Cecil Taylor, Stu Martin, Albert Mangelsdorff1
1979Live in the Black ForestCecil Taylor1
1982Garden 2Cecil Taylor1
1984Historic Concerts: McMillin Theatre, Columbia U., New York, December 15, 1979Max Roach and Cecil Taylor2
1989Alms / Tiergarten (Spree)Cecil Taylor European Orchestra1
1989RegaliaCecil Taylor & Paul Lovens1
1989RemembranceCecil Taylor & Louis Moholo1
1989RiobecCecil Taylor & Günter Sommer1
1990Looking (Berlin version) SoloCecil Taylor1
2000NailedCT: The Quartet1
2002At NewportCecil Taylor / Donald Byrd & Gigi Gryce1
2003The Owner Of The River BankCecil Taylor & Italian Instabile Orchestra1
2018PoschiavoCecil Taylor2


1972Fondation Maeght Nights, Volume 3Cecil Taylor1
1973IndentCecil Taylor1
1982Garden 1Cecil Taylor2
1989The HearthCecil Taylor, Tristan Honsinger & Evan Parker1
1998The Tree of LifeCecil Taylor1
2006The EighthCecil Taylor1

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